giovedì 13 dicembre 2007

Serg.Magg. Charles Vlahos della Cp. M del 339° Rgt di fanteria dell'85^ Divisione di fanteria dell'Esercito degli Stati Uniti d'America



S/Sgt. Charles Vlahos, 32139763, Company M, 339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division. Killed in Action on 13 May 1944 near Hill 69, near Tremensuoli, Italy by a shrapnel wound to the right thigh. Born on 15 September 1912, he entered the service on 9 May 1942 from Rochester, New York.

S/Sgt. Vlahos was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for heroism during the division's attacks on 11 May 1944. His citation reads, "for gallantry in action on 11 May 1944, in Italy. In the opening phase of the attack against strong enemy positions, Staff Sergeant Vlahos led his machine gun section over difficult terrain, through enemy mine fields and across a river, under heavy artillery fire to reach the objective without loss of men or equipment. Despite the continuing barrage he selected positions and constantly supervises and checked the section in repulsing numerous enemy counter-attacks, deploying a gun crew as riflemen when their weapon was disabled by enemy fire. His aggressiveness and determination to rout the enemy reflects great credit upon himself and the military service."

He is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. He was 31 years old.

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