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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

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Henry Walker

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, (probably) Company ‘C’ Rank: Private First ClassBorn: 03/23/1920

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Enlisted: 11/06/1941
Deceased: 04/16/1945 DOW (Died of Wounds)
Location: Magdenburg, Germany
Hometown: Medina, Medison County, Tennessee
Army Serial Number: 34180256
Burial: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Henri-Chapelle
Arrondissement de Verviers
Liège, Belgium

Plot: L Row 17 Grave 21
GPS (lat/lon): 50°48’58.2″N 5°48’29.0″E

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Biographical Info

Location grave Private First Class Henry Walker:

Plot L, Row 17, Grave 21 at the Margraten Cemetary:
50°48’58.2″N 5°48’29.0″E

 

Where did PFC. Henry Walker died of wounds?

He died of wounds during the Central European Campaign, Phase 4 in Germany “The last days of fighting”

At dawn the next morning a strong enemy force counter—attacked, with at least a Bn of Infantry and nine SP guns and tanks, hitting first from the west. The 2nd Platoon was overrun and the men fell back. From one of the dug in positions, Pvt Ellsworth Evens with a 50 cal. machine gun took heavy casualties, on the enemy until one who had infiltrated past him wounded him from the rear. Shortly following  the first attack, another force hit from the north. Their supporting armor was halted by a hasty minefield across the road, and while stopped, Sgt. George Hydrick from his 3rd Platoon position 200 yards away, hit and destroyed one SP gun with a panzerfaust. The attacking force worked its way into town, set fire to the company CP and destroyed several of the Co. “C” half—tracks, the supporting tanks and other vehicles bef ore assistance dame from Co. “H.”, 67th AR and the situation was cleared by 1100. In the clean-up that followed 200 German prisoners were taken. Six of their tanks and SP guns had been destroyed. Two men of Co. “C” were killed, six wounded, and one was taken prisoner. (Source: Unit History 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)

One of these two men of Company C was Private First Class Henry Walker.

Location where Henry Walker was killed in action:

Official casualty list

Official Deathlist Tennessee, Madison County Henry Walker

Official Deathlist Tennessee, Madison County Henry Walker

 U.S. SENSUS 1940

The household in the year 1940 of Henry Walker with the family, where he lived as an 25 year old “Fruit and vegetable grader and packer”:

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Robert Walker Head M 61 Tennessee
Betty Walker Wife F 42 Tennessee
Robert Lynn Walker Son M 22 Tennessee
Henry Walker Son M 20 Tennessee
Virginia Walker Daughter F 18 Tennessee

Family of Henry Walker:
Father: Robert Walker  (1879 – 19??)
Mother: Betty Walker (1898 – 19??)
Brother: Robert Lynn Walker (1913 – 19??)
Sister: Virginia Walker (1922 – 19??)

Pfc Henry Walker enlisted in the US Army at Camp Forrest, Tennessee on November 6, 1941. He worked as a produce packer before he enlisted. He was one of the two sons in his family serving at the same time.

The location of the Medina (Gibson County)

Gibson county overzichtkaart 1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present Day:

 Enlistment Record Henry Walker

Name Henry Walker
Name (Original) WALKER HENRY
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 06 Nov 1941
Event Place Cp Forrest, Tennessee, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1920
Birthplace TENNESSEE
Education Level Grammar school
Civilian Occupation Fruit and vegetable graders and packers
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 34180256

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Research © by: Arjen Kok and Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Arjen Kok
Photos © by: Moos Raaijmakers

 

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