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James G WaldronUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: CorporalBorn: 07/29/1910
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Deceased: 07/27/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France
Hometown: Arkansas Baxter County/ Missouri
Army Serial Number: 37206754
Burial: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot: Section H, site 86
GPS (lat/lon): 39°21’00.3″N 94°55’55.0″W
Location grave Corporal James G Waldron at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery:
Where was Private Corporal James G Waldron killed in Action?
We know that Corporal James G Waldron served in Company A, that is essential to give a good lead on when and where he might have been killed.
But there is some more info on where the 17th Engineers were involved in action on the day that Corporal James G Waldron was killed in action.
On july 25th the company D and B were south of Pont Herbert, Normandy, sweeping mines and filling bomb craters on roads and making by-passes through hedgerows for the armored columns. Company A and Company C were heading for Canisy and St Gilles. “Company A was pulling in bivouac near Les Mesnil-Herman on july the 27th when a heavy incoming artillery barrage killed Capt. Cecil E. McHahan and five man of Company A, and wounded several others.”
(Source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History.)
Combat Command B was with Company B (from the 17th Engineers) preparing an assault on Pont Brocard, Notre Dame le Cenilly, area around Legronne and Cambernon.
The roads were mined and some roads were in bad shape as a result of the bombing, during the night of july 26th on 27th the Engineers worked to remove mines and to make the passable.
(Source: Book “Hell on Wheels, the 2nd Armored Division by Donald E Houston, 1977.)
Although not confirmed, it is verly likely that Corporal James G Waldron was one of the five man of Company A who were killed with Capt. Cecil E. McHahan, during the artillery bombardment at Le Mesnil-Herman on 27th of july 1944.
Location where Corporal James G Waldron was killed in action at Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France:
Temporary Gravelist at Saint Maire Eglise No. 2, Normandy, France:
Official casualty list
Headstone Application Card
The location of the house in the year 1920 where Corporal James G Waldron lived with the family, as an 9- year old boy:
Adress: 1415 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri, Verenigde Staten
US Sensus 1920
|Name||James G Waldron|
|Event Place||Kansas City Ward 6, Jackson, Missouri, United States|
|Relationship to Head of Household||Grandson|
|Relationship to Head of Household (Original)||Grandson|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1911|
|Father’s Birthplace||New Jersey|
|Samuel Parish||Head||M||65||North Carolina|
|Arthur C Parish||Son||M||14||Missouri|
|Pornatine C Waldron||Son-in-law||M||39||New Jersey|
|Gertrude E Waldron||Daughter||F||28||Iowa|
|Neva A Waldron||Granddaughter||F||11||Missouri|
|James G Waldron||Grandson||M||9||Missouri|
|Benjamin C Waldron||Grandson||M||6||Kansas|
|Francis C Waldron||Granddaughter||F||4||Kansas|
|Nora P Waldron||Granddaughter||F||0||Missouri|
|Samuel Parish||Male||65||Married||White||Yes||Yes||Head||Rent||1855||North Carolina||United States||United States||8|
|Arthur C Parish||Male||14||Single||White||Yes||Yes||Son||1906||Missouri||North Carolina||Scotland||A||8|
|Pornatine C Waldron||Male||39||Married||White||Yes||Yes||Son-in-law||1881||New Jersey||Pennsylvania||New Jersey||A||8|
|Gertrude E Waldron||Female||28||Married||White||Yes||Yes||Daughter||1892||Iowa||North Carolina||Scotland||A||8|
|Neva A Waldron||Female||11||Single||White||Yes||Yes||Granddaughter||1909||Missouri||New Jersey||Iowa||A||8|
|James G Waldron||Male||9||Single||White||Yes||Yes||Grandson||1911||Missouri||New Jersey||Iowa||A||8|
|Benjamin C Waldron||Male||6||Single||White||Grandson||1914||Kansas||New Jersey||Iowa||A||8|
|Francis C Waldron||Female||4||Single||White||Granddaughter||1916||Kansas||New Jersey||Iowa||A||8|
|Nora P Waldron||Female||0||Single||White||Granddaughter||1920||Missouri||New Jersey||Iowa||A||8|
Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
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