Holland in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik
Alexander Albert Drabik was born here, in a log cabin, on December 28, 1910 to John Drabik and Frances Lewandowski, Polish immigrants from Szymborze, Germany, now Poland. Alex, youngest son of 14 children, attended Door Street School. A meat cutter, he enlisted in the United States Army in October 1942. Drabik fought in the Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland Campaigns of World War II. He received a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. On March 7, 1945, Sergeant Drabik led 10 Company A soldiers of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 9th Armored Division across the Ludendorff railroad bridge from Remagen, Germany to the Rhine River east bank.
Although it had been prepared for demolition, they ran through enemy fire, cleared bridge towers of snipers and demolition crews, and eradicated snipers and gun crews along the bank and cliffs. They secured the first bridgehead across the Rhine, shortening the war and saving tens of thousands of lives. Drabik was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on March 27, 1945 for "extraordinary
Erected 2011 by Drabik Family and Friends and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 59-48.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 39.641′ N, 83° 45.983′ W. Marker is in Holland, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Wolfinger Road west of West Bancroft Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located on the north side of the roadway, in what now appears to be an empty lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9336 Wolfinger Road, Holland OH 43528, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hindu Temple and Heritage Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away); Centennial Terrace and Quarry / Fossil Park (approx. 4 miles away); The Oak Openings Regions (approx. 4.1 miles away); Toledo and Western Railway Company (approx. Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 5 miles away); Roger T. Durbin (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Harroun Family Barn (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Old Territorial Road (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • War, World II •
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