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St. Clairsville in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

In Honor of Sgt. Sylvester Antolak US Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2015
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Inscription.
Side A
In Honor of Sgt. Sylvester Antolak US Army Medal of Honor in action taken near Cisterna Di Littoria Italy May 24, 1944 resident of Richmond Township

Side B
Sylvester Antolak Sergeant US Army Company B 15th Infantry 3rd Infantry Division near Cisterna Di Littoria, Italy May 24, 1944 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 and his right arm shattered, he continued to rush directly into the enemy fire concentration with his machine gun wedged under his uninjured arm until within 15 yards of the enemy strong point, where he opened fire at deadly close range, killing two 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

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on 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 machine gun, and clearing the path for his company to advance.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 40° 5.058′ N, 80° 52.833′ W. Marker is in St. Clairsville, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is on Park Lane, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at the first fork in the lane in Memorial Park, north of Walnut Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 Walnut Ave, Saint Clairsville OH 43950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin Lundy Champion of Freedom (approx. one mile away); Home of Benjamin Lundy (approx. one mile away); Belmont County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Medal of Honor Recipients of Belmont County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Milestone Marks where Extension of National Road...
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(approx. 1.1 miles away); Belmont County Revolutionary War Veterans (approx. 1.1 miles away); Governor Arthur St. Clair 1734-1818 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Blaine Hill "S" Bridge / Blaine Hill Viaduct (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Clairsville.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
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Medal of Honor logo on monument
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portrait of Sgt. Antolak on monument
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2015
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another great Eagle Scout project (Salute!)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 6, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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