17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

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Henry Gladston Taylor

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: CorporalBorn: 07/04/1914
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Biographical Info

Location grave Corporal Henry G Taylor at the Corinth Cemetery:


Where and how was Corporal Henry G Taylor killed in action?

All Companies were employed as infantry in the area north of Barentan 8 August until 16 August. This was one of the hottest areas yet reached. Capt. George Youngblood, CO of Co. ”D”, and a demolition squad in the face of enemy fire blew a bridge in Lonlay-l’Abbaye on 8 August which halted an enemy column and enabled its destruction by friendly airplanes, thus earning his first Silver Star Medal. His patrols also demolished two bridges near Rouellé to nights later. Meanwhile, near Barenton, Co. ”B” under Division Reserve sent its platoons in line on the West of town, and to the north .

Co. ”C” had its platoons clearing mines, setting up road blocks, ands working with the Infantry . the 1st Platoon, working with Co. ”H”, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment on what became known to the men as “Purple Heart Hill”, had their first introduction to the “Screaming-Mimi” (Nebelwerfer) and suffered several casualties. In all, one man was killed and 13 wounded.  (source: 17th Armored unit History)

The book “Hell on Wheels 2nd Armored Division 1942-1945” by Donald Houston mentions an operation with the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, D Company.

The division was orderd to attack the norh on August 12, cutting the Ger-Mortain road, while Division Reserve was to take over and defend the Comabat Command B zone. The attack by the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment started at 11:00 AM, the terrain was so rugged that the tanks could support the infantrymen ony from a distance.
The left flank was caught in intense artillery fire and small arms fire. The attack continued to the Night. Seeking something to divert the enemy’s attentio, General Brooks conceived a plan to destroy the enemy escape routes deep in to their own territory. To carry it out he designated a platoon from A Compny of the 82nd Recon supported by Captain George L Youngblood of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, D Company. The patrol reached the bridge at Loulay ‘l Abbaye and silently prepared to destroy it. The bridge was destroyed including some nearby houses. The explosion brought instantanious reaction from nearby tanks and infantry. The Hell on Wheelers hid to the woods, an captured some 65 Germans who entered their area. The small taskforce returned to their lines the next day.

It is not known in what Company Corporal Henry G Taylor was in so we can’t tell specific what happend to him. The sources mentioned “one man killed” in this period in August 1944, our research revealed that there are five 17th Engineers killed in august 1944.

Was Corporal Henry G Taylor part of the D Company on August the 12th 1944 special taskforce on the day he got killed? It well could be but nontheless he also could have been killed on “Purple Heart Hill” (Hill 329), hopefully one day we find out.

The region the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion were active in was around Barenton, Normandy, France.

Region where Harold J Blackford died:


Official casualty list

Deathlist Henry G Taylor Gwinnett County Georgia detail

Deathlist Henry G Taylor Gwinnett County Georgia detail

Deathlist Henry G Taylor Gwinnett County Georgia

Deathlist Henry G Taylor Gwinnett County Georgia

Temporary grave at he Le Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy France:

Taylor Henry G CPL Temporary Burial

Taylor Henry G CPL Temporary Burial

The location of the house in the year where Henry G Taylor lived with the family, as an  15 year old boy:

Adress: Garner road, Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States

US Sensus 1930

Henry G Taylor

United States Census, 1930
Name Henry G Taylor
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Garner, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States
Gender Male
Age 15
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1915
Birthplace Georgia
Father’s Birthplace Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace Georgia
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 8
Maud I Taylor Head F 48 Georgia
James S Taylor Son M 21 Georgia
Jewell V Taylor Daughter F 19 Georgia
Henry G Taylor Son M 15 Georgia
Ruby A Taylor Daughter F 13 Georgia
Sara O Taylor Daughter F 11 Georgia
Grady E Taylor Son M 6 Georgia
Maud I Taylor Female 48 Widowed White Head 1882 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8
James S Taylor Male 21 Single White Son 1909 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8
Jewell V Taylor Female 19 Single White Daughter 1911 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8
Henry G Taylor Male 15 Single White Son 1915 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8
Ruby A Taylor Female 13 Single White Daughter 1917 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8
Sara O Taylor Female 11 Single White Daughter 1919 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8
Grady E Taylor Male 6 Single White Son 1924 Georgia Georgia Georgia A 8


James Emmett Taylor

Maude Iantha Puckett Taylor

Nancy “Pearl” Taylor Corley*

James Stewart Taylor*

Jewell ”Judy” Taylor O’Neal*

Ruby Annette Taylor Collins*

Opal Sarah Taylor Hanson*

Grady Emmett Taylor*


Enlistment details

Henry G Taylor

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Henry G Taylor
Name (Original) TAYLOR HENRY G
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 07 Nov 1941
Event Place Ft Mcpherson, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1914
Birthplace GEORGIA
Education Level 1 year of high school
Civilian Occupation Unskilled occupations in manufacture of textiles, n.e.c.
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 34089455




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