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134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

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Pfc. Albert Altif

Company M

Pfc Albert Altif

Pfc. Albert Altif with his mother Bahazia George Altif

Bronze Star Medal Citation

Private First Class Albert Altif, 33622933, Infantry, United States Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States near  * * *, Belgium on 31 December 1944.  Private Altif, an ammunition handler, kept his machine gun supplied with ammunition by traversing 250 yards of open terrain swept by enemy fire, enabling his platoon to hold its forward position for more than an hour, repelling three successive assaults and inflicting heavy casualties among German troops counterattacking in force.  Private Altif was wounded by shell fragments, but continued with his duties after receiving first aid.  Mounting pressure on both flanks finally made withdrawal mandatory, whereupon Private Altif assisted other members of the platoon in bringing each gun out of position and moving personnel and equipment to more advantageous positions without loss.  Private Altif's courageous devotion to duty reflects credit upon his character and training as a soldier.  Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

General Orders 14, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 26 February 1945

Pfc. Albert Altif - left

Thanks to Pfc. Altif's grandson, Rick Rutman, for these photos of his grandfather.

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