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.
Orville Emil Bloch was born in Big Falls, Wisconsin on February 10, 1915. He later moved with his family to Steele, North Dakota. Bloch graduated from the North Dakota Agricultural College (the predecessor of NDSU) just before Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.
Bloch went to all of the Army, Navy, and Marines as an officer applicant in the wake of the attack and was turned down by all three because he was very short at just 5′ 3″. He didn’t give up, and voluntarily enlisted as a Private in the United States Army on February 20, 1942 at age 27.
George Dennis Keathley was born on March 10, 1917 in Olney, Texas. He graduated from what is today known as Texas A&M University with their class of 1937. He entered the United States Army for World War II service in 1942. Keathley was an infantryman with Company B of the 1st Battalion, 338th Infantry Regiment.
It’s rare, but there are some Medal of Honor recipients who, incredibly, lack a back story. Knowledge of their lives before their service to the United States of America has been lost. Today’s honoree from 1944 is one of those men.