Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company B, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near
Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered service at: St. Clairsville,
Ohio. Birth: St. Clairsville, Ohio. G.O. No.: 89, 19 October 1945.
Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, he charged 200 yards over flat, coverless terrain to
destroy an enemy machinegun 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 machinegun, 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 his right
arm shattered, he continued to rush directly into the enemy fire concentration with his
submachinegun wedged under his uninjured arm until within 15 yards of the enemy strong
point, where he opened fire at deadly close range, killing 2 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 upon 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 machinegun, and clearing the path for his company to advance.