Antolak, Sylvester, Sgt

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 745, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
3rd Infantry Division Certificate


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Clairsville
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 24, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
PlotC Row12 Grave13, Sicily-Rome American Cemetary

 Official Badges 

3rd Infantry Division Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1944-1944, 745, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Volturno Line
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

"To Hell and Back!"

In his book, "To Hell And Back," fellow Medal of Honor awardee Audie L. Murphy refers to Antolak as "Lutsky" and provides the following account of his heroism:  "We roll over the wall and find ourselves in the range of two enemy strongpoints. But for the moment, the krauts are ignoring us. They are absorbed in trying to split the two groups of men that preceded us.  A sergeant in the first platoon senses the predicament. If his men are isolated, they will likely be destroyed. He makes his decision quickly. Motioning his men to follow, he rises and with a submachine gun charges head-on toward one of the enemy positions two hundred yards away.  On the flat, coverless terrain, his body is a perfect target. A blast of automatic fire knocks him down. He springs to his feet with a bleeding shoulder and continues his charge. The guns rattle. Again he goes down.  Fascinated, we watch as he gets up for the third time and dashes straight into the enemy fire. The Germans throw everything they have at him. He falls to the earth; and when he again pulls himself to his feet, we see that his right arm is shattered. But wedging his gun under his left armpit, he continues firing and staggers forward. Ten horrified Germans throw down their guns and yell "Kamerad".  That is all I see. But later I learn that the sergeant, ignoring the pleas of his men to get under cover and wait for medical attention, charged the second enemy strongpoint. By sheer guts, he advanced sixty yards before being stopped by a final concentration of enemy fire. He reeled, then tottered forward another few yards before falling.  Inspired by his valor and half-insane with rage, his men took over, stormed the kraut emplacement, and captured it. When they returned to their leader, he was dead.  This was how Lutsky, the sergeant, helped buy the freedom that we cherish and abuse."



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