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Harry R. RothenbergerUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 06/21/1921
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Deceased: 06/12/1943 KIA (Killed in Action)
Location: North African/ Sicily campaign
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Army Serial Number: 33368825
Burial: Laureldale Cemetery,Tuckerton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
GPS (lat/lon): Unknown
Location grave Private Harry R. Rothenberger at the Laureldale Cemetery
Tuckerton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA :
Where was Private Harry R. Rothenberger killed in action?
Phase: The North African Campaign
After the North African Campaign fighting had stopped, the 2nd Armored Division was prepairing for Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily.
The Division was to provide the Armor for the assaulting troops and to be their floating reserve.
In early May 1943 from Marrocco the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion moved to Port Aux Poules, Algeria tanks by train and halftracks and wheeled vehicles by road convoy, and reported at the Fifth Army Invasion Training Center (FAITC). The troops were trained in every phase of waterborne invasions. Loading vehicles, firing weapons from moving boats, assault and consolidating beachheads. On the 23rd of June there was a final inspection by King George the VI of England and General Eisenhouwer, ” the 2nd Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne Division were in splendid shape with fine discipline”. On july 6th the first LST’s went to Bizerte, Tunisia.
Source: Book “A history of the 2nd US Armored Division 1940-1946”
Source: “Hell on Wheels 2nd Armored Division 1942-1945” by Donald Houston
The period when Private Harry R. Rothenberger was Killed in Action was during a training and prepairing phase with no direct actions with the enemy. We found no information about the cause of his death. Possibly it was during a training phase with live ammunition or mineclearing actions. It is remarkable that on the same day Staffsergeant Clyde H. Nugent was killed.
Was it at the same time and action? unfortunatly we can not tell.
Location where Private Harry R. Rothenberger was killed in action:
Official casualty list
Tuckerton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
The location of the house in the year where Private Harry R. Rothenberger lived with the family, as an 18 year old “Packer in a Candy Factory”:
Adress: Bellevue Ave 800, Laureldale Borough, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States
US Sensus 1940
|Event Place||Laureldale Borough, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Relationship to Head of Household (Original)||Son|
|Relationship to Head of Household||Son|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1922|
|Last Place of Residence||Same House|
US Senus 1930
|Mary L Rothenberger||Daughter||F||11||PENNSYLVANIA|
|Harry R Rothenberger||Son||M||8||PENNSYLVANIA|
|Name||Harry R Rothenberger|
|Name (Original)||ROTHENBERGER HARRY R|
|Event Type||Military Service|
|Event Date||05 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||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Education Level||4 years of high school|
|Civilian Occupation||General farmers|
|Marital Status||Single, without dependents|
|Army Branch||Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA|
|Army Component||Selectees (Enlisted Men)|
|Source Reference||Civil Life|
|Affiliate ARC Identifier||1263923|
|Box Film Number||06491.166|
Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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