b. 10/09/1916 St Clairsville, Ohio. d. 24/05/1944 Cisterna di Littoria, Italy.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/05/1944 Cisterna di Littoria, Italy.
Sergeant Antolak was an American of Polish descent. He joined the army from his hometown in July 1941.
Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, he charged 200 yards over flat, coverless terrain to destroy an enemy machine gun 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 machine gun, 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 submachine gun 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 the medical attention which was 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 stormed ahead nearly three-fourths of the space between strong points until he was instantly killed by hostile enemy fire.
BURIAL LOCATION: SICILY-ROME AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, LAZIO, ITALY.
PLOT C, ROW 12 GRAVE 13.
Picture - Kevin Brazier