(name legally changed from CHRISTOS H. KARABERIS, under which name the medal was awarded)
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company L, 337th Infantry,
85th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Guignola, Italy, 1-2 October
Entered service at: Manchester, N.H.
Birth: Manchester, N.H.
No.: 97, 1 November 1945. Citation Leading a squad of Company L, he gallantly
cleared the way for his company's approach along a ridge toward its objective,
the Casoni di Remagna. When his platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from
enemy mortars, machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, he climbed in
advance of his squad on a maneuver around the left flank to locate and
eliminate the enemy gun positions. Undeterred by deadly fire that ricocheted
off the barren rocky hillside, he crept to the rear of the first machinegun
and charged, firing his submachinegun. In this surprise attack he captured
8 prisoners and turned them over to his squad before striking out alone
for a second machinegun. Discovered in his advance and subjected to direct
fire from the hostile weapon, he leaped to his feet and ran forward, weaving
and crouching, pouring automatic fire into the emplacement that killed
4 of its defenders and forced the surrender of a lone survivor. He again
moved forward through heavy fire to attack a third machinegun. When close
to the emplacement, he closed with a nerve-shattering shout and burst of
fire. Paralyzed by his whirlwind attack, all 4 gunners immediately surrendered.
Once more advancing aggressively in the face of a thoroughly alerted enemy,
he approached a point of high ground occupied by 2 machineguns which were
firing on his company on the slope below. Charging the first of these weapons,
he killed 4 of the crew and captured 3 more. The 6 defenders of the adjacent
position, cowed by the savagery of his assault, immediately gave up. By
his l-man attack, heroically and voluntarily undertaken in the face of
tremendous risks, Sgt. Karaberis captured 5 enemy machinegun positions,
killed 8 Germans, took 22 prisoners, cleared the ridge leading to his company's
objective, and drove a deep wedge into the enemy line, making it possible
for his battalion to occupy important, commanding ground.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)