I am looking for anyone who served with or may have known my brother, Christ Frangos. Christ was from Ames, Iowa, (Serial Number 37047996), and was a member of Battery "C" 11th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. He suffered a slight injury that day, but I never had an opportunity to find out anything else from him about that day.
Later he saw service on New Guinea and on Leyte, and he had one short R&R leave to Australia.
Christ was killed in action on Leyte in the Philippines on November 17, 1944. He was cited for bravery and received the Silver Star in that action.
His citation reads: "For gallantry in action near***, on 17 November 1944, Private Frangos was a member of a radio party which was ordered to report to an observation post north of ***, to furnish field artillery observation for the advance of a battalion of infantry. Due to heavy enemy fire, it was impossible to bring a radio to the forward slope of the hill where observation could be obtained. Though the fire continued unabated, Private Frangos laid and maintained for 45 minutes a wire line from the radio to the forward slope, making communication possible and the mission a success. The high courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private Frangos are in keeping with the high tradition of the military service."
a Christmas photo of Battery "C" taken at Schofield Barracks in
Hawaii just before December 7, 1941, Christ is in the third row from
the top, the fourth man from the right (in the right photo).
of Btry C]
You may find it difficult to identify Christ, because of the shadow across his face. Because Christ was of Greek descent, his friends may have called him "the Greek." [Close-up of Frangos]
I would like to communicate with anyone that served with him and possibly may remember him.
Thank you very much
Pauline Frangos Englesson
2186 Packard Avenue
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
215 947 5752
e-mail - drgeorge[at]bellatlantic.net
NOTE: Author Jan Valtin in "Children of Yesterday" tells Christ Frangos' story on page 204 (109 of the copy).