Frank J. Matwizyck

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Mateur, Tunisia, 30 April 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 47 (1943)

Citation: Frank J. Matwizyck, 12008014, Staff Sergeant, Company “D”, 16th Infantry, 1st US Infantry Division. For extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on 30 April 1943 near Mateur, Tunisia. When his platoon became isolated during the assault of the 1st Battalion on Hill 523, Sergeant Matwizyck organized a defensive position that held against savage and repeated enemy counterattacks. Numerous times while under heavy small arms, mortar, and machine gun fire he personally forced the enemy to fall back by working toward them and grenading their positions. On the same day Sergeant Matwizyck was mortally wounded when he went to the rescue of two men trapped in an emplacement. The heroism and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Matwizyck are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service. Next of kin: Gertrude Matwizyck, Wife, 130-18 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, Long Island, New York.

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