Private First Class Albert E. Schwab, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1920-1945), Headquarters Company, First Battalion Fifth Marines, First Marine Division was awarded the Medal of Honor for action in World War II against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, 7 May 1945.
He quickly took action when his company was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire from a high ridge to its front. Because of the terrain, he made a frontal assault skillfully deploying his flame thrower and wiped out the hostile gun position. When a second Japanese machine gun opened up killing and wounding several Marines, he unhesitatingly continued his one-man assault and succeeded in destroying the second enemy gun position.
Though mortally wounded, he successfully destroyed two enemy gun positions. His dauntless single-handed efforts throughout enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.