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Sylvester Antolak

Sylvester Antolak

World War II · US Army
World War II (1939 - 1945)
Army Branch

Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA

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Civil Life

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World War II

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United States of America

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Stories about Sylvester Antolak

Young hero stirs president

    Looking out over a gentle field of white crosses, President Bush told the story Sunday of a young soldier from Ohio whose heroism 45 years ago earned him the Medal of Honor and burial under the pines of Nettuno. The people of Sgt. Sylvester Antolak's hometown, St. Clairsville, will gather todayat their county courthouse to dedicate a white granite memorial to the local hero who helped defeat fascist Italy. Bush said Antolak led Staff Sgt. Audie Murphy, the highly decorated American war hero, and his troops in a bold charge against a machine gun nest blocking the road to Rome. There, near Cistema, Italy, Antolak was cut down three times by gunfire and repeatedly struggled back to his feet, tucking his gun under a shattered arm, Bush said. "By the time he disabled the gunners, 10 enemy soldiers surrendered to this man whom their bullets could not stop."

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