Sylvester Antolak

Sylvester Antolak

Birth
Saint Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, USA
Death 24 May 1944 (aged 27)
Latina, Provincia di Latina, Lazio, Italy
Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Plot C, Row 12, Grave 13
Memorial ID 55821588 · View Source
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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.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 55821588
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvester Antolak (10 Sep 1916–24 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55821588, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .