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Joseph F MastersonUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company B Rank: PrivateBorn: 1917
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Deceased: 02/21/1944 Died non-battle
Hometown: Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Army Serial Number: 33072246
Burial: Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: F row 6 grave 40
GPS (lat/lon): 52°13’03.8″N 0°03’18.0″E
Location grave Private Joseph F Masterson at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial:
Where was Private Joseph F Masterson died-non battle?
Phase: Tidworth Barracks – England
Due to the change in climate and living conditions a large percent of the command suffered from bronchial troubles soon after arriving in England. Also recurrent Malaria caused much lost time throughout the entire period.
During the period 7 to 27 February 1944 the Bn went through a similar bridge training period at site on the southern coast near Wykes Regis. Here each company spent an average of four days constructing the floating tread way bridge under the most adverse conditions of tide, terrain, and weather. At the completion of this training everyone felt they could construct the tread way bridge under any possible conditions. The preparation of the Wykes Regis site was a very difficult task. This work was done by Capt. Rarick, Lt. Lindstrom, and the reconnaissance platoon of Hq Co. It was necessary to lease the area and the quarters from the British, to clear and existing beach defense minefield, construct a road to the building site and prepare the building site.
(Source: Unit History 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)
Private Joseph Masterson died in the line of duty, but not during a battle related cause. As can be read in the Unit History there was recurrent cases of Malaria wich can be fatal. Or Maybe he suffered Bronchial symptomes due to the climate change and lead to his death. This is likely have been the cause, but we cant tell for sure.
Location where Private Joseph F Masterson was died-non battle:
Wyke Regis, Weymouth, England
Official casualty list
Temporary Burial in England
The location of the house in the year where Private Joseph F Masterson lived with the family, as an 23 year old “Compositor for a printing establishment”:
Adress: 6533 Saybrook Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
US Sensus 1940
|Event Place||Ward 40, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Relationship to Head of Household (Original)||Son|
|Relationship to Head of Household||Son|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1917|
|Last Place of Residence||Same House|
The US Sensus tells us that Father William and Mother Mary did not have a occupation. Joseph worked as a “Compositor” at a Printing Establisment, his older brothers also had a job. His 14 years old little sister was still at school.
|Name||Joseph F Masterson|
|Name (Original)||MASTERSON JOSEPH F|
|Event Type||Military Service|
|Event Date||01 Jul 1941|
|Event Place||Cp Lee, Virginia, United States|
|Education Level||2 years of high school|
|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||06062.270|
Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
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