This was when men were real men.

Remembering Abraham Matza, a 20-yr. old United States Army Private First Class from Bronx, New York, who sacrificed his life to save his comrades. During WWII, most members of his family lived in Ioannina, Greece and were part of the Romaniote Jewish family. Sadly, they were arrested and the Nazis murdered them in gas chambers.
Abraham joined the U.S. Army in 1943, and served with the 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Division. On January 6, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge, Abraham and his unit were fighting near Manhay, Belgium, when suddenly, hundreds of German soldiers appeared.Knowing they would all be killed or captured, Abraham quickly grabbed his BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) and told his comrades to retreat. All alone, he charged into a hail of bullets and had gun shots from his hands. As his comrades withdrew, he ignored their requests for him to follow, but chose to cover their withdrawal, diverting enemy fire until he was killed. The next morning, the Americans regained the lost position, and found Abraham’s body with 20-30 bayonet wounds, around him were 40 dead Germans. This American hero is buried at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.
We honor his valiant service and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Lest we forget! πŸ™


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