Stanley A. Karas

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant Stanley A. Karas, O-885734, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. Lieutenant Karas’ platoon which was on the left flank, was attacked by 5 enemy tanks. He held his ground steadfastly until overrun by the enemy tanks. Then under extremely heavy artillery and machine gun fire from the attacking tanks, Lieutenant Karas moved his platoon into position with the remainder of the company. After reorganizing his men and encouraging them to fight on, he rounded up a gun crew and manned an abandoned anti-tank gun. When he had exhausted the ammunition by the gun, he fearlessly dashed to an old gun position, secured ammunition, and under intense enemy fire, returned to his anti-tank gun. His outstanding bravery and magnificent devotion to duty were of inestimable value in bolstering the spirit of the men fighting beside him. His brilliant organizational and leadership ability were instrumental in the successful conclusion of this vital engagement with the enemy. Entered military service from New Jersey.

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