Less than 3,400 of those who have served the U.S. Armed Forces have received the military’s highest recognition, the Medal of Honor. And a local recipient of the award is being remembered in a special way.
Sylvester Antolak joined the Army in 1944 during World War II, but the selfless sacrifice he made still lives on today.
Antolak ran 200 yards into enemy gun fire, and he was struck by three bullets. However, Antolak decided to continue onward.
With a shattered right arm, Antolak used his uninjured arm to open fire and kill two Germans and forcing the rest to surrender.
Antolak refused medical attention and began to charge toward another nearby enemy stronghold.
Just yards away from the German troops, Antolak was fatally shot by enemy gun-fire. However, his squad was able to charge forward and overwhelm the enemy, paving the way for the American troops to advance.
“It really brought tears to your eyes,” said Barbara Klenowski, Sylvester Antolak’s niece. “Just thinking the sacrifice he made to be hit not once, but twice to keep getting g up and moving forward. What an example for other men in the company.”
Netflix crews worked extensively with the Antolak family to ensure that the new series told the story of a true American Hero.
The Medal of Honor series is currently streaming on Netflix.