IRZYK, Albin F.  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Irzyk, Albin F.
Date of birth: Unknown
Nationality:  American
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".
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
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.
 
     
SILVER STAR
Unit: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
 
     
SILVER STAR
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 (BS)
Unit: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
 
     
BRONZE STAR (BS)
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 (BS)
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 (BS)
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
Unit: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
 
     
PURPLE HEART
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.
 
     
LEGION OF MERIT - US MILITARY
Unit: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
 
     
CROIX DE GUERRE (1939-1945)
Unit: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Action: With "Etoile"
 
     
CESKOSLOVENSKÝ VÁLECNÝ KRÍŽ 1939
Unit: 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division
 
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Picture source:   - Dragon Hobby Expo 2005
Information source(s):   - Fox, Don M., Patton’s Vanguard – The United States Army Fourth Armored Division, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, USA, 2003
- Koyen, K., The Fourth Armored Division – from the Beach to Bavaria, The Battery Press, Nashville, USA, 2000
- Dragon Hobby Expo 2005
- United States Contabulary
- Legion of Valor
   
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