VIP Biography - Brigadier General (Retired)
4th Armored Division (Patch in 1:6 should be approx 17mm tall) (click to view larger photo)
BRIGADIER GENERAL ALBIN F. IRZYK served in the Army for 31 years. He fought five campaigns in Europe as a 27-28 year old Tank Battalion Commander in the Fourth Armored Division, which spearheaded Gen. Patton's Third Army across much of Europe. He was wounded twice and received the nation's second highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for extraordinary heroism. Additional decorations include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with 3 Old Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
General Irzyk served two years in Vietnam where he had 600 combat hours in a helicopter with the 4th Infantry Division, for which he received 11 Air medals and the nation's third highest military decoration, The Distinguished Service Medal. He commanded the famed 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment along the Iron Curtain during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. For two years he headed the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, KY.
At the University of Massachusetts he received his Bachelor's Degree and a commission in the Horse Cavalry from ROTC. He holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the National War College.
He retired in 1971 at Fort Devens, MA, where he was the Commanding General. After retirement he moved directly to West Palm Beach where he resides today.
General Irzyk has been married to Evelyn for 52 years. Their son is a graduate of West Point, and both daughters are married to U. S. Marine Corps Major Generals. He is the author of the autobiographical "He Rode Up Front for Patton".
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