Chris Carr was born in Manchester, N.H. on April 6, 1914. Carr enlisted and 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. Huntington Beach has a park named in his honor.
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by
Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded the Medal of Honor to
Sergeant Chris Carr
United States Army
Citation: Sgt. Chris Carr, U.S. Army, Company L, 337th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. On 1–2 October, 1944, he gallantly cleared the way for his company to reach the Casoni di Ramagna near Guignola, Italy. When his platoon was pinned down by heavy enemy small weapons fire, he climbed alone around the left flank of the German positions to find and eliminate the enemy.
Undeterred by the deadly fire, he crept to the rear to a machine gun position and charged. He quickly captured eight prisoners turned them over to his squad, and then set out for the second position. Discovered by the enemy, he leapt to his feet, taking the second position while killing four and capturing one.
Sgt. Carr then moved forward under heavy fire, to a third position, with a shout and a burst of fire. He captured the position and four more Germans. Once more advancing in the face of and alerted enemy, he approached a point of ground occupied by two machine guns. In his assault on these positions he killed four and captured nine more.
By his one-man attack, Sergeant Carr captured five enemy positions, killed eight Germans, and captured 22 more, enabling his battalion to occupy commanding ground.
Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS
More about Chris Carr:
- Hall of Valor (Military Times)
- Their Finest Hour
- Voice of OC to Publish Series on Veterans Memorial Plaques