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William J. Grabiarz
Birth: 1923
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1945, Philippines

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Troop E, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on February 23, 1945. His ciitation reads "He was a scout when the unit advanced with tanks along a street in Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Without warning, enemy machinegun and rifle fire from concealed positions in the Customs building swept the street, striking down the troop cammander and driving his men to cover. As the officer lay in the open road, unable to move and completely exposed to the pointblank enemy fire, PFC Grabiarz voluntarily ran from behind a tank to carry him to safety, but was himself wounded in the shoulder. Ignoring both the pain in his injured useless arm and his comrades' shouts to seek the cover which was only a few yards distant, the valiant rescuer continued his efforts to drag his commander out of range. Finding this impossible, he rejected the opportunity to save himself and deliberately covered the officer with his own body to form a human shield, calling as he did so for a tank to maneuver into position between him and the hostile emplacement. The enemy riddled him with concentrated fire before the tank could interpose itself. Our troops found that he had been successful in preventing bullets from striking his leader, who survived. Through his magnificent sacrifice in gallantly giving his life to save that of his commander, PFC Grabiarz provided an outstanding and lasting inspiration to his fellow soldiers". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on December 8, 1945. 
 
Burial:
Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery
Cheektowaga
Erie County
New York, USA
Plot: Am. Legion Section, Grave 13
 
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Record added: Jul 14, 2001
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I did not know you, William, but here it is almost 70 years later and I am reading of your sacrifice. So young. You were a soldier, who had a family, friends and perhaps a love of your own. Strangers might never know of that part of your life, but will kn...(Read more)
- Patricia Harrison
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
NARA Home of Record: Erie County, New York...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Aug. 25, 2014

- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 28, 2014
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