Chris Carr was born with the name Christos H. Karaberis on April 6, 1914 in Manchester, New Hampshire. After World War II, he legally changed his name. His service to the United States for the war began on October 21, 1942 when he was drafted at age 28. Carr had been working as a fisherman.
By October 1, 1944, Carr was a Sergeant and a squad leader in the United States Army‘s Company L, 3rd Battalion, 337th Infantry Regiment. The regiment had gone into action on April 10, 1944 as part of the 85th Infantry Division.
During that day and the following one, Sergeant Carr single-handedly attacked along a strategic ridgeline towards Company L’s objective. He routed the enemy, destroying five machine gun positions and clearing the way for his fellow soldiers. A little more than one year later, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
CARR, CHRIS (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 1944. Entered service at: Manchester, N.H. G.O. 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, machine guns, 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 machine gun and charged, firing his submachine gun. 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 machine guns 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 1-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.
Carr stayed in the Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class and also serving during the Korean War. He passed away on September 16, 1970 and was laid to rest in the Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.