- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Staff Sergeant
- Company A, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
- February 1st, 1945
"For gallantry in action on 24 February 1944, near ****, Italy. Second Lieutenant Karnap, then Platoon Sergeant, Company A, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, while leading an eight man combat patrol, ran into an enemy machine gun nest. Having instructed his men to take cover, he alone crept forward to wipe out the machine gun position when an approximate twenty-man patrol was heard approaching. When the patrol approached his position, Second Lieutenant Karnap opened fire with his Thompson Submachine Gun killing or wounding approximately twelve men of the patrol and putting the rest to flight. After hurriedly reloading his weapon in a nearby outhouse in which he took temporary cover, Second Lieutenant Karnap dashed out into the open under enemy fire, secured valuable identification data from one of the enemy corpses, and tossed two hand grenades into the machine gun nest thereby rendering it ineffective. Then rejoining his men whose safety he had previously insured, Second Lieutenant Karnap led them safely back to his own lines under long distance small arms fire. His singular act of heroism was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army."
Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, General Orders No. 18