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Sergeant Alexander A. Drabik Class of 2015

Distinguished Service Cross Medal

United States Army

Distinguished Service Cross Medal

Sergeant Alexander A. Drabik, 27th Armored Infantry Regiment, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 7 March 1945, in Germany. Upon reaching the Ludendorf railroad bridge crossing the Rhine River, Sergeant Drabik, aware that the bridge was prepared for demolition, and in the face of heavy machine gun, small arms, and direct 20mm gun fire, began a hazardous trip across the span. Although artillery shells and two explosions rocked the bridge, he continued his advance. Upon reaching the bridge towers on the far side, he cleared them of snipers and demolition crews. Still braving the intense machine gun and shell fire, he reached the eastern side of the river where he eliminated hostile snipers and gun crews from along the bank and on the face of the bluff overlooking the river. By his outstanding heroism and unflinching valor, Sergeant Drabik contributed materially to the establishment of the first bridgehead across the Rhine River. Entered military service from Ohio.


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