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Gene (Eugene) P Skurky

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: Technician 5th GradeBorn: 03/28/1920

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Enlisted: 12/10/1941
Deceased: 01/13/1945 KIA (Killed in Action)
Location: Belgium
Hometown: Cambria, Pennsylvania
Army Serial Number: 33108238
Burial: Calvary Cemetery
Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot:  Sec J
GPS (lat/lon): –

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Biographical Info

Headstone of Tecnical Corporal 5th Graden: Gene P. Skurky


Location grave Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky at the Calvary Cemetery, Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania:

 


Temporary Grave Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky:

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ay Belgium, burried from his date of death till January 1949, his body was sent back to his family for his final burial. 

 


Where was Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky Killed in Action: 

Phase: The Ardennes Campaign

 

4 january:
No change in company positions.
Company’s A & B actively engaged in clearing roads of mines and de-icing to support advance of Company commands.

 

The period 12-17 January required the construction of several tread way bridges because of the enemy’s excellent demolition work. Several of these bridges were built under observed fire, but Engr casualties were light. Mines caused other casualties, as did enemy fire to mine clearing parties working forward.

(Source: Unit History)

11 january:
Battalion Headquarters, headquarters company & C company moved to Erezee P450905 Command post set up in hotel.
Company A moved to Lamormenil P 505862
Company B moved to Manhay P 533901
Company D still in Odeigne
Company E still in Borsu
Not much action at fronts.

(Source: After action reports from December 16th, 1944 to January 24th 19450)

Summary

Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky was with A Company and by the coordinates stated in the After Action report we know where A Company was stationed, at Lamormenil, Belgium.
Around this area, on one of the many Engineer tasks during this phase, he was Killed in Action. We know there was enemy artillery fire that caused casualties and the Engineers laid bridges under fire, and mine sweep parties were being fired upon. 


Location where Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky was killed in action:

 
The location of Company A on January 13, 1945 from the coördinates stated by the After action reports from December 16th, 1944 to January 24th 1945; Lamormenil P 505862 = geographical coordinates: Latitude : 50° 15′ 24” N – Longitude : 5° 38′ 21”  
 
 (Source: http://www.echodelta.net


Newpaper articles of Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky:

April 2nd, 1945

Tec 5 Gene P Skurky The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · 2 Apr 1945, Mon · Page 2

Tec 5 Gene P Skurky The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · 2 Apr 1945, Mon · Page 2

November 17th, 1948

Tec 5 Gene P Skurky The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · 17 Nov 1948, Wed · Page 10

Tec 5 Gene P Skurky The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · 17 Nov 1948, Wed · Page 10

 

November 18th, 1948

 

Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania) 18 Nov 1948, Thu Page 1

Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania)18 Nov 1948, Thu Page 2

 

January 6th, 1949

Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania)06 Jan 1949, Thu Page 1

 


Official casualty list Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky:

WWII Army Casualties Pennsylvania – Cambria County

WWII Army Casualties Pennsylvania – Cambria County

 


The location of the house in the year 1940 where Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky lived with the family, as an  20  year old man, he was a “new worker” at the “Mobile Gas Company:
Adress: 318 mellon avenue Patton, Pennsylvania, United States

 

 


US Sensus 1940

Name: Eugene Skurky
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Patton Borough, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Birth Year (Estimated): 1920
Last Place of Residence: Same House

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Joseph Skurky Head M 43 Austria
Catherine (Sasala) Skurky Wife F 42 Pennsylvania
Joseph Skurky Son M 22 Pennsylvania
Eugene Skurky Son M 20 Pennsylvania
Gerald Skurky Son M 17 Pennsylvania
Ronald Skurky Son M 15 Pennsylvania
Barbara Skurky Daughter F 6 Pennsylvania

 

  Joseph Skurky   Male 43 Married White Head Austria  1897
  Catherine Skurky   Female 42 Married White Wife Pennsylvania 1898 Same House
  Joseph Skurky Jr Male 22 Single White Son Pennsylvania 1918 Same House
  Eugene Skurky   Male 20 Single White Son Pennsylvania 1920 Same House

US Sensus 1940

 


 Enlistment details Technician 5th Grade Gene P Skurky:

Record Collection: United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Gene P Skurky
Name (Original): SKURKY GENE P
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 11 Dec 1941
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: Ft George G Meade, Maryland, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1920
Birthplace: PENNSYLVANIA
Education Level: 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: 999
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 33108238
 

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Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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