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Dalessondro Boulevard

 
 
Dalessondro Boulevard Marker - Albany, New York image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 20, 2009
1. Dalessondro Boulevard Marker - Albany, New York
Near the Albany International Airport runway.
Inscription. In December of 1944, near Kalterherberg, Germany Technical Sergeant Peter J. Dalessondro of the 9th Infantry Division, at great personal risk, intrepidly fought against overwhelming enemy attack to save his company from defeat. His singlehanded efforts earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Captured by the Germans and imprisoned for six months, Sgt. Dalessondro returned to the Capitol District a hero and continued to serve his county and community as a six term member of the New York State Senate.
 
Erected 1987 by Highway Dedicated by the Residents of Albany County. Columbus Day, 1987.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 42° 44.142′ N, 73° 48.419′ W. Marker is in Colonie, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Dalessondro Boulevard (New York State Route 155), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The Dalessondro Blvd marker is posted beside a parking area that overlooks the "Run-up area" at the south end of the north-south runway (10 & 90) of the Albany International Airport. The parking area offers visitors a place to park and observe aircraft as they take off or land at the airport. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Sgt Peter J. Dalessondro Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2001
2. Sgt Peter J. Dalessondro Grave Marker
He is buried in Saratoga National Cemetery Section G12-Lot 1, Schuylerville NY. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: DALESSONDRO, PETER J. Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division Place and date: Near Kalterherberg, Germany, 22 December 1944 Entered service at: Watervliet, N.Y. G.O. No.: 73, 30 August, 1945 Citation: He was with the 1st Platoon holding an important road junction on high ground near Kalterherberg, Germany, on 22 December 1944. In the early morning hours, the enemy after laying down an intense artillery and mortar barrage, followed through with an all-out attack that threatened to overwhelm the position. T/Sgt. Dalessondro, seeing that his men were becoming disorganized, braved the intense fire to move among them with words of encouragement. Advancing to a fully exposed observation post, he adjusted mortar fire upon the attackers, meanwhile firing upon them with his rifle and encouraging his men in halting and repulsing the attack. Later in the day the enemy launched a second determined attack. Once again, T/Sgt. Dalessondro, in the face of imminent death, rushed to his forward position and immediately called for mortar fire. After exhausting his rifle ammunition, he crawled 30 yards over exposed ground to secure a light machinegun, returned to his position, and fired upon the enemy at almost pointblank range until the gun jammed. He managed to get the gun to fire 1 more burst, which used up his last round, but with these bullets he killed 4 German soldiers who were on the verge of murdering an aid man and 2 wounded soldiers in a nearby foxhole. When the enemy had almost surrounded him, he remained alone, steadfastly facing almost certain death or capture, hurling grenades and calling for mortar fire closer and closer to his outpost as he covered the withdrawal of his platoon to a second line of defense. As the German hordes swarmed about him, he was last heard calling for a barrage, saying, "OK, mortars, let me have it--right in this position!" The gallantry and intrepidity shown by T/Sgt. Dalessondro against an overwhelming enemy attack saved his company from complete rout.
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shaker Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Shaker Church Family Barn (approx. half a mile away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 2.6 miles away); Latham (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lock 19 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Erie Canal (approx. 4 miles away); Whipple Iron Truss Bridge (approx. 4 miles away); Cast Iron Whipple Truss Bridge, 1869 (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonie.
 
More about this marker. The image of the Gillespie Medal Of Honor (1904) is depicted at the bottom of the marker.
 
Regarding Dalessondro Boulevard. Dalessandro, Peter Joseph (b. 1918- d 1997) — also known as Peter J. Dalessandro — of Watervliet, Albany County, N.Y. Born in Watervliet, Albany County, N.Y., May 19, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of New York state senate, 1947-57 (35th District 1947-54, 36th District 1955-57); resigned 1957. Italian ancestry. Member, Amvets; Catholic War Veterans; Elks; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion. Received the Medal of Honor for action near Kalterherberg, Germany, December 22, 1944.

Though the road was dedicated to Dalessondro in 1987, the road still has road signs that carry the former name of Albany Shaker
Dalessondro Boulevard Marker @ Albany Airport image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 20, 2009
3. Dalessondro Boulevard Marker @ Albany Airport
Road at both intersections of this road nearest the Albany Intl. Airport.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Medal of Honor citation for Technical Sergeant Peter J. Dalessondro is listed here. (Submitted on August 23, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. D'Alessandro Boulevard
 
Categories. Air & SpaceGovernmentNotable PersonsWar, World II
 
Peter J. Dalessondro Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 25, 2009
4. Peter J. Dalessondro Boulevard
Dalessondro Blvd is on the left. Airport Access Road is on the right.
Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Peter J. Dalessondro image. Click for full size.
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5. Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Peter J. Dalessondro
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,534 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 23, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   2. submitted on June 28, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on August 23, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4. submitted on August 26, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   5. submitted on August 28, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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