SGT John Chris Kardos was born 23 Jul 1923 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Nick and may Edna (Brooks) Kardos. His father was born in Greece and repaired shoes to support his family.
John was serving as a PVT in the Charlottesville National Guard company in February 1941 when the unit was federalized. As a member of K Company 116th Infantry, he went through all the training with the regiment at Fort Meade, Maryland and Camp Blanding, Florida before shipping out with his unit for England in September 1942. John then underwent all the training in preparation for the amphibious assault on Hitler's "fortress Europe". He did land with the unit and fought with K Company until 5 Jul 1944 when he was wounded and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit from the hospital on 14 Jul 1944. PFC Kardos was promoted to SGT on 1 Aug 1944. On 2 Aug 1944, SGT Kardos was wounded in action and again evacuated to the hospital. SGT Kardos died of his wound(s) on 3 Aug 1944.
SGT Kardos was repatriated and is buried with many family members in Riverview Cemetery in Charlottesville, Virginia.
His father was a veteran serving as a PFC in K Company, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division and had been awarded the Purple Heart with 2 oak leaf clusters (i.e. he was wounded 3 times). His brothe, Gus Edward Kardos served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. His brother James Nick Kardos served in I Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, U.S.M.C. in the South Pacific rising to the rank of SGT by the end of his service (1942-1950). James' son, James Marion Kardos served in the U.S. Army as a PFC and was killed in action 4 Sep 1969 in Quang Ngai, Vietnam.