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World War II - U.S. Army

Anton L Krotiak

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 148th Infantry,
    37th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 8, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Balete Pass, Luzon, Philippine Islands
He was an acting squad leader, directing his men in consolidating a newly won position on Hill B when the enemy concentrated small-arms fire and grenades upon him and four others, driving them to cover in an abandoned Japanese trench. A grenade thrown from above landed in the center of the group. Instantly pushing his comrades aside and jamming the grenade into the earth with his rifle butt, he threw himself over it, making a shield of his body to protect the other men. The grenade exploded under him, and he died a few minutes later. By his extraordinary heroism and deliberately giving his life to save those of his comrades, Pfc. Krotiak set an inspiring example of utter devotion and self-sacrifice which reflects the highest traditions of the military service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Anton L. Krotiak
Medal of Honor Recipient Anton L. Krotiak
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 21, 1946
    Sixth Army Service Command Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, to his parents Anton and Caroline Krotiak, by Maj. Gen. Louis A. Craig
  • Born: August 15, 1915, Chicago, Cook County, IL, United States
  • Died: May 8, 1945, Balete Pass, Luzon, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (MH) (23-14-8-5) , Worth, IL, United States

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