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SGT Sylvester Antolak
Birth: Sep. 10, 1916
Saint Clairsville
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 24, 1944
Provincia di Latina
Lazio, Italy

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Sergeant in Company B, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, on May 24, 1944. His citation reads "He charged 200 yards over flat, coverless terrain to destroy an enemy machinegun nest during the second day of the offensive which broke through the German cordon of steel around the Anzio beachhead. Fully 30 yards in advance of his squad, he ran into withering enemy machinegun, machine-pistol and rifle fire. Three times he was struck by bullets and knocked to the ground, but each time he struggled to his feet to continue his relentless advance. With one shoulder deeply gashed and his right arm shattered, he continued to rush directly into the enemy fire concentration with his submachinegun wedged under his uninjured arm until within 15 yards of the enemy strong point, where he opened fire at deadly close range, killing 2 Germans and forcing the remaining 10 to surrender. He reorganized his men and, refusing to seek medical attention so badly needed, chose to lead the way toward another strong point 100 yards distant. Utterly disregarding the hail of bullets concentrated upon him, he had stormed ahead nearly three-fourths of the space between strong points when he was instantly killed by hostile enemy fire. Inspired by his example, his squad went on to overwhelm the enemy troops. By his supreme sacrifice, superb fighting courage, and heroic devotion to the attack, Sgt. Antolak was directly responsible for eliminating 20 Germans, capturing an enemy machinegun, and clearing the path for his company to advance". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on October 19, 1945. 
Family links: 
  Mary Catherine Antolak (1877 - 1978)
  Alex J Antolak (1911 - 1988)*
  Stanley Joseph Antolak (1913 - 2005)*
  George Antolak (1914 - 1996)*
  Sylvester Antolak (1916 - 1944)
  Anna K. Antolak Kogut (1920 - 2014)*
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Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Cittą Metropolitana di Roma Capitale
Lazio, Italy
Plot: Plot C, Row 12, Grave 13
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Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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