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Kenneth W Kenyon

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 09/22/1923

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Enlisted: 12/21/1941
Deceased: 08/10/1944
Location: Normandy, France
Hometown: Rhode Island, Washington County
Army Serial Number: 11036895
Burial: Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: C row 11 grave 13
GPS (lat/lon): 48°31’09.4″N 1°18’12.0″W

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Biographical Info

Location grave Private Kennth W. Kenyon at the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial:

 


Where was  Private Kenneth W. Kenyon killed in action?

Phase: Phase I – The “Break-Through”

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 .

(source: 17th Armored unit History)

On August 10 XIX Corps attacked to recapture Gathemo and moved toward the town of Tinchebray, about seven miles east of Gathemo. Collier organized two task forces. One was attached to the 28th Infantry Division, with the mission of recapturing Gathemo which it did, driving out the remnants of the German 84th Infantry Division. The second task force was commanded by Lt. Col. William M. Stokes, who replaced Collier as commander of the 66th Armored Regiment. They attacked at 6:00 A .M. to capture Vengeons and St. Sauveur de Chaulieu, both between Gathemo and Tinchebray. The attack progressed smoothly across broken terrain and in the face of intense enemy fire. By nightfall the command had advanced about two miles toward its final objective. By Aaugust 11 the Germans saw that their attack had stalled. The German commander sought to get out as many men and as much material as possible, to form a new defensive line near Le Mans.

During the day of August 10, Combat Command B acted as a covering force, while the 3d Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, attacked to open supply and communications lines to the 2d Battalion of the same regiment, isolated on a hill near Mortain. The Intelligence and Recon-naissance Platoon of the 67th Armored Regiment conducted an extended patrol along the Mortain-Barenton road to determine if it were clear of enemy. About two miles north the patrol encountered a defended roadblock and beat a hasty retreat. In doing so, one driver backed his jeep over the edge of the road, injuring both occupants. One had to be evacuated, while the other was able to stay on duty with the regiment. Patrols which had been sent toward Ger encountered the enemy in strength. One detachment pulled back and the Germans followed it toward the American positions, but they were repulsed by division artillery. Another patrol made enemy contact about 200 yards from their front lines. When the Germans tried to surround the Americans, their move was detected. Though not actually encircled, they were cut off by extremely heavy small arms and artillery fire. Maj. Clifton B. Batchelder was notified of the action, and he directed tank and artillery fire on the German positions. During the artillery duel, a Concentration of nebelwerfer fire landed at the observation post of the 3d Battalion, 67th Ar-mored, killing one man, wounding another and destroying the jeep of the battalion commander. The Germans were driven off, however, and.Americans were able to return to their lines. During August 11 , the 2d Armored Division continued to defend its positions north of Barenton. It had moved its reserves forward and as a result of the previous day’s action had them on thirtyminute alert. Patrols continued and they penetrated the Foret de Linde Pourrie, northwest of their lines. The Germans tried their earlier tactic of following the Ameri-cans back to their lines, but it was stifled by artillery and tank fire.

(Source: The book “Hell on Wheels 2nd Armored Division 1942-1945” by Donald Houston)

Summary

It is not known in what Company Private Kenneth W. Kenyon 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 seven 17th Engineers killed in august 1944. Some platoons were assigned to Combat Commands and were also active as infantry around the area Barenton, were the fighting was intense.


Region where Private Kennth W. Kenyon  was killed in action:

 


Official casualty list

Official Deathlist, Rhode Isand, Washinton

Official Deathlist, Rhode Isand, Washinton

Official Deathlist, Rhode Isand, Washinton

Official Deathlist, Rhode Isand, Washington


Temporary Burial at Le Chene Guerin, Normandy, France

Temporary Burial at LeChene Guerin, Normandy, France

 


The location of the Locustville Woolen Mill in the year 1925 / 1935  where Private Kennth W. Kenyon lived with the family:
Adress:  

Locustville Hope valley, Hopkington Town, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States

Locustville Hope valley, Hopkington Town, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States

The family name “Kenyon” where the Woolen Mill in  Locustville was can bee seen in this historical map.


US Sensus 1940

US Sensus 1940

US Sensus 1940

Kenneth W Kenyon

United States Census, 1940
Name Kenneth W Kenyon
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Hopkinton Town, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Gender Male
Age 16
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birthplace Rhode Island
Birth Year (Estimated) 1924
Last Place of Residence Same House
Evans Kenyon Male 37 Married White Head Rhode Island 1903
Williemenina Kenyon Female 38 Married White Wife Rhode Island 1902 Same House
Thora Kenyon Female 17 Single White Daughter Rhode Island 1923 Same House
Kenneth W Kenyon Male 16 Single White Son Rhode Island 1924 Same House
Gertrude A Kenyon Female 14 Single White Daughter Rhode Island 1926 Same House
Marguerite E Kenyon Female 11 Single White Daughter Rhode Island 1929 Same House
James Evans Kenyon Male 10 Single White Son Rhode Island 1930 Same House
Roland R Kenyon Male 6 Single White Son Rhode Island 1934 Same House
Shirley I Kenyon Female 4 Single White Daughter Rhode Island 1936 , ,
Frank R Kenyon Male 0 Single White Son Rhode Island 1940 , ,
Annie B Smith Female 71 Married White Mother-in-law Rhode Island 1869 Same House
William B Smith Male 81 Married White Father-in-law Rhode Island 1859 Same House

 


US Sensus 1935

US Sensus 1935

US Sensus 1935

Kenneth W Kenyon

Rhode Island State Census, 1935
Name Kenneth W Kenyon
Event Type Census
Event Year 1935
Event Place Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Residence Place Locust Mill Yard, Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island
Address Locust Mill Yard
Gender Male
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Date 22 Sep 1923
Birthplace Rhode Island

 

Kenneth W Kenyon was a student at the Hopevalley Elm school, and was at the 5th grade in 1935.


US Sensus 1930

US Sensus 1930

US Sensus 1930

Kenneth W Kenyon

United States Census, 1930
Name Kenneth W Kenyon
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Gender Male
Age 6
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1924
Birthplace Rhode Island
Father’s Birthplace Rhode Island
Mother’s Birthplace Rhode Island
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 11
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Evans K Kenyon Head M 27 Rhode Island
Williamenis B Kenyon Wife F 27 Rhode Island
Thora M Kenyon Daughter F 7 Rhode Island
Kenneth W Kenyon Son M 6 Rhode Island
Gertrude A Kenyon Daughter F 4 Rhode Island
Margaret E Kenyon Daughter F 1 Rhode Island
Evans J Kenyon Son M 0 Rhode Island
William B Smith Father-in-law M 70 Rhode Island
Annie B Smith Mother-in-law F 60 Rhode Island

 


US Sensus 1925

US Sensus 1925

US Sensus 1925

Annie B Smith
Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island 56 1869 Rhode Island Self Female White
Lilliemora Kenyon Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island 23 1902 Rhode Island Daughter Female White
Evean Kenyon Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island 20 1905 Rhode Island Son-in-law Male White
Kenneth W Kenyon Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island 1 1924 Rhode Island Grandson Male White
Nellie R Kenyon Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island 0 1925 Rhode Island Granddaughter Female White
Sarah E Thayer Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island 69 1856 Connecticut Self Female White

 


Kenneth W Kenyon

Rhode Island State Census, 1925
Name Kenneth W Kenyon
Event Place Hopkinton, E.D. 370, Washington, Rhode Island
Age 1
Birth Year (Estimated) 1924
Birthplace Rhode Island
Relationship to Head of Household Grandson
Gender Male
Race White
Page 26
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Annie B Smith F 56y Rhode Island
Lilliemora Kenyon F 23y Rhode Island
Evean Kenyon M 20y Rhode Island
Kenneth W Kenyon M 1y 8m Rhode Island
Nellie R Kenyon F 6m Rhode Island
Sarah E Thayer F 69y Connecticut

 

Father Evans Kenyon was a Mill worker at the Cotton Mill of Locustville Hope valley, Hopkington Town, Washington County, Rhode Island.

The family Kenyon lived near the Locustville Mill Yard in 1935.

The earliest European-American settlement of the village site was by Hezekiah Carpenter, who arrived in 1770 and dammed the Wood River and built several small water-powered mills. His settlement was called Carpenter’s Mills. Around 1818 a tannery was built at the site. The textile industry arrived in 1824, when Gardner Nichols and Russell Thayer bought the existing mills and began to operate them for carding of wool; fulling, coloring and finishing of cloth; and manufacture of textile machinery.[4]

The formerly separate village of Locustville, which grew up along Brushy Brook, is now part of Hope Valley. A dam and mill were built at the site of Locustville in 1820. In the late 19th century the Locustville mill property was taken over by the Nichols and Langworthy Company, which had operated the Hope Valley mills since 1835.[4]

(Source: Wikipedia)

 


Enlistment details

Kenneth W Kenyon

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Kenneth W Kenyon
Name KENYON KENNETH W
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 24 Dec 1941
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 Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1923
Birthplace RHODE ISLAND
Education Level 2 years 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
Source Reference Civil Life

 


Family of father Evans Kenneth Kenyon

Parents

William Bartlett Smith

18591947

Betsy Annie Eldridge Smith

18681945

Spouse

Evans Kenneth Kenyon

19031972

Siblings

Annie Isabelle Smith Lewis Ramsbottom

18881930

Children

Thora M. Kenyon Gardiner
19222004

Nellie R. Kenyon
19241925

Kenneth W.Kenyon
1922-1944

Hazel B. Kenyon
19271930

Roland R. Kenyon
19331982


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Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
Photos © by: Findagrave.com, familysearch.org

 

Categories: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div – Company Unknown
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