Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Christos Karigiannis

In memory of
Sergeant
Christos Karigiannis
June 20, 2007
Panjwaii district, Afghanistan

Military Service:

Age:
31
Force:
Army
Unit:
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Division:
3rd Battalion
Citation(s):
Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous)

Additional Information:

Born:
September 20, 1975

Son of Anastios Karigiannis and Niki Psiharis (2013 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother). Brother of Spiros and Peter Karigiannis. Uncle of Anastasia Karigiannis.

Information courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion

Sergeant Chris Karigiannis was killed along with two fellow soldiers, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on June 20, 2007, outside Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He was a member of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Born in 1975, he graduated from Chomedey Polyvalent High School (now known as Laval Liberty High School) and earned a degree in Aircraft Maintenance from John Abbot College in Montréal. He was an enthusiastic member of the Air Cadets since the age of thirteen, and achieved the three highest awards that can be held by any Air Cadet: The top rank of WO-1 (CWO), the Lord Strathcona Medal, and having been selected for the Air Cadet Flying Scholarship.

He joined the army in 2003, immediately after completing his college degree. He was also an avid recreational pilot, world traveler, and skydiver, and had the distinction of being selected as a member of Canada’s elite Skyhawks team while he was still only a Private in the army. His mother and brothers are very proud that his alma mater, Laval Liberty High School, has rallied around the memory of Chris and 3PPCLI to effect much positive social change in their community.

Commemorated on Page 225 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
Laval (Ste-Dorothée) Cemetery ; Quebec, Canada
Grave Reference:
N/A

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  • Photo of Christos Karigiannis – Sergeant Christos Karigiannis, of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) from CFB Edmonton. Sergeant Karigiannis was one of three Canadian soldiers killed when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device on the main road, approximately 6 km west of Forward Operating Base Sperwan-Gar. The incident occurred at approximately 7:49 am on June 20, 2007 while the soldiers were conducting resupply operations between checkpoints.  The Charlie Company, 3 PPCLI members are part of the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR) Battle Group of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg).  Photo by: Private Tina Miller, CFB Edmonton, Garrison Imaging

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