Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Antolaks in:
 • Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
 • Nettuno
 • Provincia di Roma
 • Lazio
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sylvester Antolak
Birth: Sep. 10, 1916
Saint Clairsville
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 24, 1944
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. 
 
Burial:
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Nettuno
Provincia di Roma
Lazio, Italy
Plot: Plot C, Row 12, Grave 13
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55821588
Sylvester Antolak
Added by: Anthony S
 
Sylvester Antolak
Added by: Kevin Brazier
 
Sylvester Antolak
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Marc Ryan
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- sjm
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014

- R I P
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
~Happy Birthday~And Thank You for Your Service~
- Nancy VonBokern Wigginton
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
There are 88 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 31 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service