Private "Mike" Colalillo served in the Army for Company C, the 1st Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, and finally the 100th Infantry Division. Colalillo was awarded the Medal of Honor on December 18, 1945. When on April 7, 1945 he along with some members of his company were pinned down near Untergriesheim, Germany. And with enemy fire flying all around him, Colalillo managed to jump onto a friendly tank and man a machine gun. Thereby taking out ten enemy soldiers in the process and through his efforts twenty-five enemy soldiers in all throughout this particular fight. Even when his company was told to retreat he continued to demonstrate true courage and commitment to his men when Colalillo stayed behind to help a wounded American soldier to safety over open terrain and enemy fire hailing all around him.
April 07, 1945