Birthplace of Alexander Drabik

Birthplace of Alexander Drabik (HM1SCO)

Location: Holland, OH 43528 Lucas County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 39.641', W 83° 45.983'

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1910-1993

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Birthplace of Alexander Drabik


Alexander Albert Drabik was born here, in a log cabin, on December 28, 1910 to John Drabik and Frances Lewandowski, Polish immigrants from Szymborze, Germany, now Poland. Alex, youngest son of 14 children, attended Door Street School. A meat cutter, he enlisted in the United States Army in October 1942. Drabik fought in the Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland Campaigns of World War II. He received a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. On March 7, 1945, Sergeant Drabik led 10 Company A soldiers of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 9th Armored Division across the Ludendorff railroad bridge from Remagen, Germany to the Rhine River east bank.
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Although it had been prepared for demolition, they ran through enemy fire, cleared bridge towers of snipers and demolition crews, and eradicated snipers and gun crews along the bank and cliffs. They secured the first bridgehead across the Rhine, shortening the war and saving tens of thousands of lives. Drabik was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on March 27, 1945 for "extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy" and "unflinching valor." Alex, a butcher and cement plant repairman, and his wife Margaret Feeney raised a daughter Rita. Alexander Drabik, man of peace, risked his life to preserve American freedom.
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HM NumberHM1SCO
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number59-48
Year Placed2011
Placed ByDrabik Family and Friends and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 269671 N 4615801
Decimal Degrees41.66068333, -83.76638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 39.641', W 83° 45.983'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 39' 38.46" N, 83° 45' 58.98" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9253-9415 Wolfinger Rd, Holland OH 43528, US
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