Private, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (March 24, 1945)
He was born in 1921, in a peasant family, in a village of the south part of the Aral Sea in Karakalpakstan. He was Kazakh. After receiving his primary education, he worked on a cotton farm. According to other sources, he graduated from high school, teaching courses, and was the head of the elementary school.
In 1942 he was drafted into the Red Army. During World War II, he was a rifleman in the 327th Guards Mountain Regiment of the 128th Guards Mountain Division of the 3rd Mountain Corps of the 1st Guards Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front. He covered the tip of the machine gun with his body and showed heroism.
He took part in the battles in the North Caucasus, Kuban, and Crimea. He fought valiantly in the battles of the Kerch Peninsula. On January 14, 1944, he was the first to invade the enemy’s trenches and he destroyed 5 enemy soldiers with his personal weapon. On January 20, 1944 he was awarded the Order of “Glory” of the 3rd degree.
In Operation Carpathian-Dyklin in October 1944, the division overtook the Carpathians and continued its offensive in Slovakia. On October 17, 1944, the battle began for the fortified 762nd hill near the village of Zwal.
On October 18, 1944, the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment and a group of machine gunners attacked again, invaded the trench, held it for several hours, but were forced to retreat again, because the enemy fired incessantly from the wooden point of fire and stopped the movement of the units. In the third attack, the situation remained the same. As the enemy fired again, Karakulov approached him, lay down on the machine gun’s embrasure with grenades in his hand, blocked it and blew up the firing point. He was buried on the northwestern edge of Zwala.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of February 22, 1944, “For exemplary performance of combat duties, courage and heroism in the fight against Nazi invaders on the front”, Private Karakulov Juman was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.