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Birthplace of Alexander Drabik

1910-1993

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
1. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
View of side "A" of the marker.
Inscription.
Side A
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.
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Side B:
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik

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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
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By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
2. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
A close-up view, of a photograph from side "A" of the marker, showing Sergeant Drabik receiving a medal.
heroism in action against the enemy" and "unflinching valor." Alex, a butcher and cement plant repairman, and his wife Margaret Feeney raised a daughter Rita. Alexander Drabik, man of peace, risked his life to preserve American freedom.
 
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. Touch 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 5 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. 4.9
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
3. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
A close-up view, of an illustration from side "A" of the marker, showing the bridge over the Rhine River that Sergeant Drabik played a key role in capturing, intact.
miles away); Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 5 miles away); Roger T. Durbin (approx. 5.1 miles away); 1858 Railroad Depot (approx. 5.1 miles away); Sister City Garden (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, World II
 
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
4. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
View of side "B" of the marker.
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
5. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
A close-up view, of a photograph from side "B" of the marker, showing Sergeant Drabik.
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
6. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
View of the marker looking east along Wolfinger Road.
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
7. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
View of the marker looking west along Wolfinger Road.
Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 22, 2016
8. Birthplace of Alexander Drabik Marker
Present day view of the marker situated on the lot of land where in 1910 the log cabin that Alexander Drabik was born in once stood.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 24, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7, 8. submitted on May 25, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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