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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

George H Davisson » Roll of Honor

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George H Davisson

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: PrivateBorn: 03/18/1913

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Enlisted: 07/10/1940
Deceased: 04/10/1945 KIA (Killed in action)
Location: Lichtenberg, Salzgitter, Germany
Hometown: Clarksburg, Virginia
Army Serial Number: 15010336
Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery
Clarksburg
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA 
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Biographical Info

Location grave of George H. Davisson at the Greenlawn Cemetery,Clarksburg, W. VA:

Where was George H Davisson killed in action?

Companies crossed the Weser in combat colomns 6 April and proceeded on the march generally towards Hildesheim. Enemy planes were active on several occasions, Company “A” reporting strafing at Shulenberg and Co. “C” at Elze and Escherde. Company “A” was given instructions to build a bridge over the Zwikanal at Hildeshiem 8 April at 1730 and worked,  again with Co, “B” until 1000 the next day when a change in plans called off the operation Co. “B” removed the 114 foot bridge on 10 April.
During this part of the drive the division was pushing so fast that the Infantry which was to take over the captured territory could not keep up. Our own Infantry was being used to guard stores of material, military hospitals and other Installations, and this job finally passed to the Engineers. Co. “C” on leaving Binder 10 April left two full Platoons and the Engr section guarding a variety of warehouses, loaded box cars, a hospital, at seven different locations, and two days later, with the 1st Platoon on road block duty at Maderndoheliben, near Magdeburg, even the mess section was called on to guard a captured hospital in that town. The first casualties of the campaign, were suffered by Company “A” when two men were killed 10 April from enemy artillery air bursts at Lichtenberg.

(Source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History)

Summary

The 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History clearly states that there were two men killed on the 10th of April 1945, one of them is Private George H Davisson who died by artillery air bursts at Lichtenberg Germany. The other Engineer was killed that day was Albert F Clark.
At a online interview in may 2017 with the Veteran Mr Francis C. Turner told he was the senior Officer of the platoon where Davisson and Clark were part of.
He recalled the day that both men were killed, he said they were killed by High Explosive 88mm German artillery shell that killed them instantly.
Later that day he would do his actions where he earned his Silver Star. (Source: skype interview on may 2017 with Martijn Brandjes and Francis C, Turner.)

Edit : On the 10th of April Lieutenant Francis Turner was awarded the Silver star for an operation of Company A, with two men killed (and two wounded)
For more information: Veteran Mr Francis C. Turner.


Location where Private George H Davisson was killed in action:


Official casualty list

casualtieslist George H Davisson detail

Casualty list George H Davisson detail


Headstone Application Card

Headstone Application Card George H Davisson

Headstone Application Card George H Davisson


The location of the house where George H Davisson’s mother lived in 1949

(We have no evidence that George H Davisson lived here, but it least his mother did)


The location of the house where George H Davisson lived with the family as an 26 years old man, with occupation “Stone Mason contractor” in the year 1940

Adress: Sardis Magisterial District, Harrison, West Virginia, United States


US Sensus 1940 

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Ora Davisson Head M 59 West Virginia
George Davisson Son M 26 West Virginia
Paul Davisson Son M 24 West Virginia
Desle Davisson Son M 18 West Virginia

Enlistmentdetails of George H Davisson

Enlistment details George H Davisson
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 15010336 15010336
NAME GEORGE H DAVISSON
RESIDENCE: STATE 54 WEST VIRGINIA
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 033 HARRISON
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 5340 FT HAYES COLUMBUS OHIO
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 10
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 07
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 40
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION CE# Corps of Engineers
BRANCH: CODE 83 Undefined Code
FIELD USE AS DESIRED
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 4 Enlistment for assignment to another corps area
LONGEVITY
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 54 WEST VIRGINIA
YEAR OF BIRTH 13
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 0 Grammar school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 999 Undefined Code
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 1 Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0174 0174
FILM REEL NUMBER 2.31# 2.31#

 

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Categories: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div - A Company
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