Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
at Clairsville, OH
Entered Service in the US
Army from Clairsville, OH
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 24, 1944
at Cisterna di Littoria, Italy
di Littoria, Italy, Sergeant Antolak 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. Thirty 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 submachine
gun 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,
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.