|Matt Louis Urban|
|August 25, 1919 – March 4, 1995 (aged 75)|
Lt. Events 1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III the Year 1919 ( MCMXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title Princeps iuventutis (head of the youth Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Col. Matt Louis Urban
|Place of birth||Buffalo, New York|
|Place of death||Holland, Michigan|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (3)
Purple Heart (7)
Croix de Guerre
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Louis Urban (August 25, 1919- March 4, 1995) was a U. S. Army officer who served with distinction in World War II. Buffalo (ˈbʌfəloʊ is the second largest city in New York State. Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. Please see " Lieutenant Colonel " for other countries which use this rank In the United States Army, United States Marine Corps World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces that is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration which may be awarded for bravery acts of merit or meritorious service The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving The Croix de Guerre (sometimes lowercase in French Croix de guerre, meaning "Cross of War" is a military decoration of both France and Events 1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III the Year 1919 ( MCMXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title Princeps iuventutis (head of the youth Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including He was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor, in 1980 for repeated acts of heroism in combat in France and Belgium in 1944. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. The military history of France during World War II covers the period from 1939 until 1940 which witnessed French military participation under the Third Republic, and the period The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those According to the Guinness Book of World Records, he is the most decorated American serviceman. Guinness World Records, known until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records (and in previous U However, it is difficult to agree on the criteria to use for ranking, and some would place Audie Murphy ahead of him and that that Murphy was equaled, if not surpassed, in combat awards (especially when they were awarded for separate actions) by Lieutenant Robert L. Howard, the U. Also see Audie Murphy legacy. Audie Leon Murphy (June 20 1926 – May 28 Robert L Howard (b July 11 1939 in Opelika Alabama) is a highly decorated officer of the United States Army and Medal of Honor recipient of the S. 's most highly-decorated soldier of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia . 
Urban was born Matty Louis Urbanowicz, a son of Stanley and Helen Urbanowicz, on August 25, 1919 in Buffalo, New York. Events 1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III the Year 1919 ( MCMXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common His father was a plumbing contractor of Polish heritage. A Polish American is an American citizen of Polish descent There are an estimated 10 million Americans of Polish descent Urban was appointed a Second Lieutenant, Infantry Reserve, in July 1941 at Fort Benning, Georgia, following graduation from Cornell University with a degree in history and government, where he was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned officer Military rank in many Armed forces. Fort Benning is a United States Army post located southwest The State of Georgia ( is a state in the United States and was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule History The department was founded in 1868 by President ROTC links here For other uses see ROTC (disambiguation A Reserve Officers' Training Corps ( ROTC) ROTC produces officers in all branches While at Cornell, he became a member of Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity. Kappa Delta Rho ( ΚΔΡ) is an American College social fraternity, with 35 active chapters spread out over the United States primarily in the He was retired as a lieutenant colonel by reason of medical disability because of wounds in 1947.
Urban was recipient of 29 U. S. , French, and Belgian military decorations, making him one of the most decorated American soldiers in history. His awards include the Medal of Honor, two awards of the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, three awards of the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, seven Purple Hearts and the Croix de Guerre avec Etoile Vermeil (French War Cross with silver star) - for valor and meritorious achievement during World War II. He died at his home in Holland, Michigan in 1995 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington Virginia, is a military cemetery in the United States, established during the American Civil War
Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Matt Urban, l 12-22-2414, United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of bold, heroic actions, exemplified by singularly outstanding combat leadership, personal bravery, and tenacious devotion to duty, during the period 14 June to 3 September 1944 while assigned to the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. The 9th Infantry Division was an important unit of the United States Army in World War II and the Vietnam War.
On 14 June, Captain Urban's company, attacking at Renouf, France, encountered heavy enemy small arms and tank fire. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. The enemy tanks were unmercifully raking his unit's positions and inflicting heavy casualties. Captain Urban, realizing that his company was in imminent danger of being decimated, armed himself with a bazooka. The bazooka is a man-portable Anti-armor rocket launcher made famous during World War II. He worked his way with an ammo carrier through hedgerows, under a continuing barrage of fire, to a point near the tanks. A hedge is a line of closely spaced Shrubs and bushes planted and trained in such a way as to form a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area He brazenly exposed himself to the enemy fire and, firing the bazooka, destroyed both tanks. Responding to Captain Urban's action, his company moved forward and routed the enemy.
Later that same day, still in the attack near , Captain Urban was wounded in the leg by direct fire from a 37mm tank-gun. The PaK 36 ( Panzerabwehrkanone 36) was a German Anti-tank gun that fired a 3 He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into defensive positions for the night. At 0500 hours the next day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban, though badly wounded, directed his company in another attack. One hour later he was again wounded. Suffering from two wounds, one serious, he was evacuated to England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
In mid-July, while recovering from his wounds, he learned of his unit's severe losses in the hedgerows of Normandy. Realizing his unit's need for battle-tested leaders, he voluntarily left the hospital and hitchhiked his way back to his unit near St. Lo, France. Saint-Lô is a town and commune of France, the Préfecture (capital of the Manche département, in Arriving at the 2d Battalion Command Post at 1130 hours, 25 July, he found that his unit had jumped-off at 1100 hours in the first attack of Operation Cobra. Operation Cobra was the codename for the World War II operation planned by United States Army General Omar Bradley to break out from the Still limping from his leg wound, Captain Urban made his way forward to retake command of his company. He found his company held up by strong enemy opposition. Two supporting tanks had been destroyed and another, intact but with no tank commander or gunner, was not moving. He located a lieutenant in charge of the support tanks and directed a plan of attack to eliminate the enemy strong-point. The lieutenant and a sergeant were immediately killed by the heavy enemy fire when they tried to mount the tank. Captain Urban, though physically hampered by his leg wound and knowing quick action had to be taken, dashed through the scathing fire and mounted the tank. With enemy bullets ricocheting from the tank, Captain Urban ordered the tank forward and, completely exposed to the enemy fire, manned the machine gun and placed devastating fire on the enemy.
His action, in the face of enemy fire, galvanized the battalion into action and they attacked and destroyed the enemy position.
On 2 August, Captain Urban was wounded in the chest by shell fragments and, disregarding the recommendation of the Battalion Surgeon, again refused evacuation. On 6 August, Captain Urban became the commander of the 2d Battalion. On 15 August, he was again wounded but remained with his unit.On 3 September, the 2d Battalion was given the mission of establishing a crossing-point on the Meuse River near Heer, Belgium. The Meuse (in Dutch and in German: "Maas" in Latin: "Mosa" in Celtic:"Mus" (the rootword presumingly The enemy planned to stop the advance of the allied Army by concentrating heavy forces at the Meuse. The 2d Battalion, attacking toward the crossing-point, encountered fierce enemy artillery, small arms and mortar fire which stopped the attack. Captain Urban quickly moved from his command post to the lead position of the battalion. Reorganizing the attacking elements, he personally led a charge toward the enemy's strong-point. As the charge moved across the open terrain, Captain Urban was seriously wounded in the neck. Although unable to talk above a whisper from the paralyzing neck wound, and in danger of losing his life, he refused to be evacuated until the enemy was routed and his battalion had secured the crossing-point on the Meuse River. Captain Urban's personal leadership, limitless bravery, and repeated extraordinary exposure to enemy fire served as an inspiration to his entire battalion. His valorous and intrepid actions reflect the utmost credit on him and uphold the noble traditions of the United States. He also has a street named after him in Holland MI Matt Urban Dr.
Medal of Honor, Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" Combat Distinguishing Device and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with four bronze campaign stars, World War II Victory Medal, Croix de Guerre avec Etoile Vermeil (France)