- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant Colonel
- 184ª Divisione paracadutisti "Nembo"
- Awarded on:
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy Axis forces on 19 April 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Izzo's outstanding accomplishments, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the Allied Nations."
"At dawn of 19 April 1945 the Paratroopers under the command of col. Izzo launched an attack. The enemy position had been organized into a series of strongpoints that could only be approached by passing through a heavily mined open ground. The avenues of approach were completely swept by a powerful enemy fire. After a preliminary artillery barrage fire, the attack began. This was followed by tenacious and furious fights in which the Italians got the upper hand and managed to wrest the position from the enemy. However, shortly thereafter, the enemy returned, with renewed violence with a series of counter-attacks that lasted the whole day. Both during the attack and during the counterattack of the German Paratroopers col. Izzo remained at the head of his troops, a shining example for his men. He constantly tried to be present where the situation was more critical and engaged in the most heated body to body fight.
In the course of this mortal struggle, col. Izzo was wounded, but his indomitable courage, his solicitude for his men and his tenacious will to repel the enemy kept him on the scene of the fight. Only after all the counter-attacks were repelled and after he had the absolute certainty that all the objectives had been perfectly consolidated, he decided to undergo medical threatment. The taking and maintaining of positions doubled the offensive spirit of his men and so demoralized the Germans that they abandoned the entire defensive line along the river Caiano. With the withdrawal from this line, one of the main lines of approach towards Bologna was opened. The extraordinary heroism in combat of col. Izzo was an important factor in the defeat of the enemy and contributed to the final success of the 15th Army Group in Italy."
General Orders: Headquarters, Fifteenth Army Group, General Orders No. 27