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Irzyk, Albin F.

Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

BRIGADIER GENERAL ALBIN F. IRZYK served in the Army for 31 years. He fought five campaigns in Europe as a 27-28 year old Tank Battalion Commander in the Fourth Armored Division, which spearheaded Gen. Patton's Third Army across much of Europe. He was wounded twice and received the nation's second highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for extraordinary heroism. General Irzyk served two years in Vietnam where he had 600 combat hours in a helicopter with the 4th Infantry Division, for which he received 11 Air medals and the nation's third highest military decoration, The Distinguished Service Medal. He commanded the famed 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment along the Iron Curtain during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. For two years he headed the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, KY.
At the University of Massachusetts he received his Bachelor's Degree and a commission in the Horse Cavalry from ROTC. He holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the National War College.
He retired in 1971 at Fort Devens, MA, where he was the Commanding General.
He is the author of the autobiographical "He Rode Up Front for Patton".

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
Commander of the 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1945
Action:
Albin F. Irzyk received his Distinguished Service Cross for action in Germany on 18 March 1945. After four US assaulting tanks were destroyed, Colonel Irzyk immediately advanced to the head of the column and charged headlong against the opposing anti-tank guns. When his tank was destroyed he, although wounded, lead the infantry forces forward through a hail of fire to secure the town.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Purple Heart

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