PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Abate, Albert F.
Date of birth: July 29th, 1915 (New Haven/Connecticut, United States)
Date of death:  December 1st, 2000 (Sun City/arizona, United States)
Nationality:  American
BIOGRAPHY: 
Albert Abate enlisted as a private in 1937 in the 118th Medical Battalion and was called to active duty in 1941. During World War II he was commissioned as an officer and served in combat in the European Theater.

Upon returning from active duty in 1945 Major Abate resumed his Guard status as a company commander of the First Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment and was again called to active duty in 1950, during the Korean Crisis. Later he became executive officer of the First Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment.

Albert Abate died on December 1st, 2000 and lies buried at the National Cemetery, Cave Creek, Arizona.

He also received the Army of Occupation Medal with "GERMANY" clasp, the National Defence Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the NATO ribbon. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
     
SILVER STAR MEDAL (SSM)
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Company K, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division "Ozark", U.S. Army (Company K, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division "Ozark", U.S. Army)
Action: Citation:
"For gallantry in action against the enemy in Germany on 17 November 1944. Although his platoon sergeant and squad leaders had become casualties during the early stages of the attack, First Lieutenant Abate (then Second Lieutenant) courageously continued to lead his men forward, fully aware that he was the only officer left with the assault elements. Moving freely throught he veritable hail of fire, he gave his mean renewed confidence. When they were halted by a well fortified machine gun position, he directed his men to cover him while he bodly charged and annihilated the emplacement. Finally, the objective was securing, but First Lieutenant Abate declined to seek cover until he had assured himself that his men were propertly protected. His courage and gallant leadership reflect great credit upon himself and the military service."
Details: The exact date of awarding is unknown to us.
 
     
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
Action: European Theater of Operations United States Army.
 
     
AMERICAN DEFENCE SERVICE MEDAL
 
     
AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL
 
     
EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN MEDAL
 
     
WORLD WAR TWO VICTORY MEDAL
 
     
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
 
     
HONORABLE SERVICE LAPEL BUTTON / HONORABLE DISCHARGE EMBLEM
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Mick, A., With the 102nd Infantry Division through Germany, The Battery Press, Nashville, USA, 2002
- Citation for Silver Star Medal from the Headquarters 102nd Infantry Division
- National Personnel Records Center (Military Personnel Records) from St. Louis, MO (DA Form 1577) entitled Authorization for Issuance of Awards, 2000
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