Senior lieutenant, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (February 22, 1944)
He was born on March 3, 1915 in the village of Sinenkie (now Saratov district of Saratov region). After graduating from a seven-year school, he worked as a tractor driver on a collective farm. In 1936, Karaulov was drafted into the Red Army. In 1941, Karaulov was drafted back into the army and from November served in World War II.
Until October 1943, he commanded a company in the 936th Infantry Regiment of the 254th Infantry Division of the 52nd Army of the Voronezh Front. He fought valiantly in the Battle of the Dnieper.
He took part in the battles on the North-Western, Volkhov, Voronezh, Stepnoy, and 2nd Ukrainian fronts, and was wounded four times. On October 1, 1943, Karaulov’s route was one of the first to cross the Dnieper near the village of Khreshchatyk in the Cherkasy region of the Ukrainian SSR and captured the bridgehead on the west coast. He Returned several counter-attacks of the enemy and successfully held the bridgehead. Karaulov was wounded in the battle, but continued to fight.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of February 22, 1944, “For exemplary performance of combat duties and bravery and heroism in the fight against Nazi invaders on the front”, Senior Lieutenant Vasily Karaulov was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.