Antolak, Sylvester, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Sergeant



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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
St. Clairsville

Casualty Date
May 24, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Infantry Shoulder Cord


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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1944, 3rd Infantry Division
  1944-1944, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Volturno Line
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered service at: St. Clairsville, Ohio. Birth: St. Clairsville, Ohio. G.O. No.: 89, 19 October 1945. Citation: Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 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.

   
Comments/Citation
Sylvester Antolak lies buried on the Sicily/Rome cemetery at Nettuno, Italië: Plot C, Row 12, Grave 13.
 
   
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