17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Dan Donald Mikovich - Roll of Honor

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Dan Donald Mikovich

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: PrivateBorn: 02/28/1920
Photo of Dan Donald Mikovich

Biographical Info

Location grave Private Dan Donald Mikovich at the Inglewood Park Cemetery:

Mikovich Pvt Dan Donald Headstone

Where was Private Dan Donald Mikovich killed in Action?

Phase: Phase I – The “Break-Through”

We know that Private Dan Donald Mikovich  served in Company A, that is essential to give a good lead on when and where he might have been killed.
But there is some more info on where the 17th Engineers were involved in action on the day that Private Dan Donald Mikovich was killed in action.


On july 25th the company D and B were south of Pont Herbert, Normandy, sweeping mines and filling bomb craters on roads and making by-passes through hedgerows for the armored columns. Company A and Company C were heading for Canisy and St Gilles.Company A was pulling in bivouac near Les Mesnil-Herman on july the 27th when a heavy incoming artillery barrage killed Capt. Cecil E. McHahan and five man of Company A, and wounded several others.” 

(Source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History.)


Combat Command B was with Company B (from the 17th Engineers) preparing an assault on Pont Brocard, Notre Dame le Cenilly, area around Legronne and Cambernon.
The roads were mined and some roads were in bad shape as a result of the bombing, during the night of july 26th on 27th the Engineers worked to remove mines and to make the passable.

(Source: Book “Hell on Wheels, the 2nd Armored Division by Donald E Houston,  1977.)


Although not confirmed, it is verly likely that Private Dan Donald Mikovich was one of the five man of Company A who were killed with Capt. Cecil E. McHahan, during the artillery bombardment at Le Mesnil-Herman on 27th of july 1944.

Location where Private Dan Donald Mikovich was killed in action at Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France:


Temporary Grave at Saint Mere Eglise No. 2, Normandy France

Mikovich Pvt Dan Donald Temporary Grave

Mikovich Pvt Dan Donald Temporary Grave


Official casualty list

Not available.


Headstone Application Card

Mikovich Pvt Dan Donald Grave Stone Card

Mikovich Pvt Dan Donald Grave Stone Card

Certificate of Birth

Certificate of Birth

Certificate of Birth 2

Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004

Name: Daniel Mikovich
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 28 Feb 1920
Event Place: Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States
Gender: Male
Father’s Name: Mike Mikovich
Mother’s Name: Julia Perovich
Certificate Number: 509


The location of the house in the year that Dan Donald Mikovich was born in 1928:

Adress: 2136 Nevada Ave Butte – Silver Bow, Montana, United States

House where Private Dan Donald Mikovich parents lived when he was repatriated to the U.S.

Adress: 1166 East, 66th Street, Los Angeles California, United States

US Sensus 1940

Not availble.



Father: Mike Mikovich
Born 1890

Mother: Julia Perovich
Born 1885


Enlistment details

Dan D Mikovich

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Dan D Mikovich
Name (Original) MIKOVICH DAN D
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 20 Oct 1942
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place Butte, Montana, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1920
Birthplace MONTANA
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Semiskilled miners, and mining-machine operators
Marital Status Single, with dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference Civil Life
Serial Number 39613768


Dan Donald Mikovich was a miner before the war, just like his father was. The house where Dan Donald Mikovich was born is nearby a large mining-area, so they lived near their work
Lokation op the mine near the house of the family.


Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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Categories: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div - A Company