Congressional Medal of Honor
Later that same day the enemy launched a second determined attack. Once again, Sergeant DAlessandro, in the face of imminent death, rushed to his forward position and immediately called for mortar fire. After exhausting his rifle ammunition, he crawled 30 yards over exposed ground to secure a light machine gun, returned to his position, and fired upon the enemy at almost point blank range until the gun jammed. He managed to get the gun to fire one more burst, which used up his last rounds, but with these bullets he killed four German soldiers who were on the verge of killing a medic and two wounded soldiers who were in a nearby foxhole.
When the enemy had almost surrounded him, he remained alone, steadfastly facing certain death or capture, hurling grenades and calling for mortar fire closer and closer to his position as he covered the with draw of his platoon to a second line of defense. As the German hordes swarmed about him, he was last heard calling for a barrage, saying "OK, mortars, let me have it - right in this position!".
The bravery, gallantry and intrepidity shown by Sergeant DAlessandro against an overwhelming enemy attack, saved his company from a complete rout. Sergeant DAlessandro was wounded, captured and held in a prisoner of war camp.
|Series||This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series|
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|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:41pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 606302 N 4731407|
|Decimal Degrees||42.72781667, -73.70153333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 43.669', W 73° 42.092'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 43' 40.14" N, 73° 42' 5.52" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 158-198 16th St, Watervliet NY 12189, US|
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