Rybak, Lawrence – 4th Armored Division

Born on August 29, 1917 in Old Forge, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Passed away on August 6, 1977, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA.

Army Serial Number: 32211803.

Son of Andrew Rybak and Theodosia Rybak. Enlisted on January 22, 1942. Member of the crew of a Sherman tank in B Company, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. Married Loretta Adams Rybak and had four sons (Charles, David, Ronald and Richard). 

“The second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to Technician Fourth Grade Lawrence Rybak, 32211803, Armored, 8th Tank Battalion , U.S. Army for heroic action in connection with military operations against armed enemy of the United States, on 24 (sic) December 1944 at Chaumont , Belgium. Tech 4th grade Rybak”s platoon was sent to relieve a company of tanks trapped in this town. Meeting terrific opposition there from enemy tanks , anti-tank guns, bazooka and a hail of machine gun fire, the tanks went up in flames one after another. Orders came through to temporarily abandon the mission. Tech 4 Rybak at extreme danger to himself, loaded the back deck of his tank with wounded infantrymen and brought his tank from the blazing village. On the road leaving the village the gears jammed by two hits from enemy guns. Tech 4 Rybak stayed at his post and fought the damaged vehicle successfully to cover. The withdrawal thus saving American lives and valuable equipment. Technician Fourth Grade Rybak”s actions have brought great credit upon himself and example the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.” 

(Note: this was on December 23, 1944.)