The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Company B

Pvt Frank George Karafotis
Service # 36808186

Pvt Frank G KarafotisPvt Karafotis (pictured right) was born in 1924 in Wisconsin and was killed in action on Tuesday June 6, 1944 during the airborne invasion of Normandy.

Pvt Karafotis is the son of George Karafotis [b. 5/15/1896 in Xerohorion, Olympius, Greece, came to the US in 1915, served in WWI and died in March 1975] a candy maker and the son of Nea Marian Davis Karafotis [b. 11/13/1901 in Wisconsin and died 6/27/1994 in Dallas, TX].

The 1930 US Census for Oshkosh, Winnebago, Wisconsin shows Frank residing at # 181 Frederick Ave with his parents and 2 sisters, Helen [b. 1922 in WI] and Dorothy [b. 1924 in WI] and one brother James [b. 1928 in WI], also living at this address were Frank’s grandparents. No enlistment record for Pvt Karafotis was found.

Pvt Karafotis was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Emblem.

Pvt Karafotis is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville sur Mer, France, at Plot ‘F’ Row “23’ Grave ‘36’.

{Note: The above information was provided by Sandra S Smith.}

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