The “Roll of Honor” is our humble way to pay respect and gratidute,
to pay trubite and above all to Honor the men of the
17th Armored Engineer Battalion
who have fallen during the Second World War.
Total of casualties of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion
Period 8 November 1942 to 12 May 1945
|Killed||Missing||Captured||Wounded||Injured||Died||Totals||Returned to duty|
During all the campaigns in the Second World War an total of 61 men* of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion had fallen.
(*NOTE: our research reveals different numbers and totals)
|First name:||Middle name:||Laste name:||Rank:||Born:|
|1||Eldon||W.||Akins||Rank: Private (Private First Class by Temp. Burial info)||Born: 8/25/1921|
|2||Peter||Bacle||Rank: Staff Sergeant, halftrack-driver||Born: 4/7/1922|
|3||Stanley||Bardyszewski||Rank: Private||Born: 1910|
|4||Roy||L||Basham||Rank: Staff Sergeant||Born: 1907|
|5||Harold||J||Blackford||Rank: Private||Born: +/-1924/1925|
|6||Fred||J||Blevins||Rank: Technician 5th Grade||Born: 01/01/1919 Tennessee|
|7||Ralph||Blevins||Rank: Staff Sergeant||Born: 1924 (?), place: Winfield, Scott County, Tennessee, USA|
|8||Bill||William Henry Lejeune||Bobo||Rank: Private||Born: 11/13/1924, Texas|
|9||Francis||J.||Bonitatibus||Rank: Private||Born: 5/21/1916|
|10||John||T||Bowman||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 02/04/1920|
|11||Richard||H.||Boynton||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 07/21/1921|
|12||John||Michael||Cabey||Rank: Private||Born: 01/26/1914|
|13||Amado||P||Castro||Rank: Private||Born: 06/30/1919|
|14||Richard||Chavez||Rank: Private||Born: 03/28/1922|
|15||Albert||F||Clark||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 1919|
|16||Francis||Joseph||Crimmins||Rank: First Lieutenant||Born: 1904|
|17||George||H||Davisson||Rank: Private||Born: 03/18/1913|
|18||Anthony||Di Bartollo||Rank: Private||Born: 1915|
|19||Ralph||E.||Engle||Rank: Corporal||Born: 10/20/1917|
|20||Elmo||C.||Farrow||Rank: Sergeant||Born: 1919 (+/-)|
|21||First name : Unknown||Feldman||Rank: Private||Born: Unknown|
|22||William||Fink||Rank: Staff Sergeant, platoonsergeant||Born: 1911|
|23||Earl||T||Forbes||Rank: Private||Born: 1912|
|24||Charles||L||Franch||Rank: Private||Born: 12/11/1918|
|25||Joseph (Giuseppe)||Silvio||Fumagalli||Rank: Technician 5th Grade||Born: -/-/1923|
|26||John||W||Harrison||Rank: Sergeant||Born: 1918|
|27||Frederick||J||Hartig||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 1923|
|28||John||Hoffman||Rank: Private||Born: 09/26/1906|
|29||Henry||Wright||Hurley||Rank: Lieutenant Colonel||Born: 11/26/1911|
|30||Raphael||E||Jannuzzi||Rank: 2nd Lieutenant||Born: 04/15/1913|
|31||Randolph||Clifford||Jennie||Rank: Corporal||Born: 09/21/1921 Lookingglass, Douglas County, Oregon|
|32||Adam||F||Kauchis||Rank: Sergeant||Born: 08/16/1915|
|33||Thomas||Wallace||Kelly||Rank: Captain||Born: 10/30/1920|
|34||Edward||C||Kenny||Rank: Private||Born: 05/28/1914|
|35||Kenneth||W||Kenyon||Rank: Private||Born: 09/22/1923|
|36||Charles||J||Kildea||Rank: Corporal||Bron: 1916|
|37||#2 Missing 01/04/1945 – 01/06/1945||KNOWN BUT TO GOD||Rank: Unknown||Born: Unknown|
|38||#3 Missing 01/04/1945 – 01/06/1945||KNOWN BUT TO GOD||Rank: Unknown||Born: Unknown|
|39||#4 Missing 01/04/1945 – 01/06/1945||KNOWN BUT TO GOD||Rank: Unknown||Born: Unknown|
|40||#1 Missing 01/04/1945 – 01/06/1945||KNOWN BUT TO GOD||Rank: Unknown||Born: Unknown|
|41||Thomas||N||Koliopulos||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 01/05/1919|
|42||Raymond||V||Larkin||Rank: Private||Born: 01/05/1924|
|43||William||Stanley||Majewski||Rank: Sergeant||Born: 11/13/1915|
|44||Charles||W||Mantha||Rank: Corporal||Born: 02/07/1912|
|45||Joseph||F||Masterson||Rank: Private||Born: 1917|
|46||Cecil||Earle “Buddy”||McMahan||Rank: Captain||Born: 07/17/1918|
|47||Dan||Donald||Mikovich||Rank: Private||Born: 02/28/1920|
|48||Donald||L||Mitchell||Rank: 1st Lieutenant||Born: 1915|
|49||George||M||Natale||Rank: Private||Born: 1908|
|50||Cleon||Neal||Rank: Private||Born: 04/04/1918|
|51||Clyde||H.||Nugent||Rank: Staff Sergeant||Born: 01/19/1907|
|52||Andy||Pasztorcsak/ Pasturick||Rank: Private||Born: 11/2/1908|
|53||Chester||L||Patcyk||Rank: Private||Born: 1922|
|54||Burnett||M “Bud”||Payson||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 12/24/1918|
|55||Leroy||C||Proctor||Rank: Private||Born: 1922|
|56||Harry||R.||Rothenberger||Rank: Private||Born: 06/21/1921|
|57||Rodger||P||Russell Jr.||Rank: Sergeant||Born: 09/05/1919|
|58||Ralph||Sirico||Rank: Corporal||Born: 1910|
|59||Farris||D||Smith||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 06/03/1922|
|60||Paul||F||Snider||Rank: Private First Class|
|61||Thomas||H||Snyder||Rank: Private||Born: 03/15/1945|
|62||Lloyd||D||Sublett||Rank: Private||Born: 1913|
|63||Frederick Jr.||C||Summers||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 1919|
|64||Henry||Gladston||Taylor||Rank: Corporal||Born: 07/04/1914|
|65||James||G||Waldron||Rank: Corporal||Born: 07/29/1910|
|66||Henry||Walker||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 03/23/1920|
|67||Gordon||F||Walker||Rank: Sergeant||Born: 05/05/1918|
|68||Albert||F||Walsh||Rank: Private First Class||Born: 1917|
|69||Lawrence P||Woodside||Rank: Private||Born: 1911|
Why we made the Roll of Honor
We know 42 Engineers of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion were Killed in Action. We know 5 Engineers went missing. We know that 14 Engineers died during the Second World War, period 8 November 1942 to 12 May 1945. These are the official numbers.
(These official numbers were not correct, our research revealed a higher number of 17th Engineers that were Killed in action, died or went Missing.)
But now the years passed on, what do we excatly know? One can read the names of the fallen 17th Engineers on the white marble Crosses on the American War Cemetries, but that are only 31 names of the total of 68. Who are the other 17th Engineers who never came home? We think we managed to identify all of the fallen 17th Engineers.
Not only the names themselves gives the fallen 17th Engineers their identity back. They were young boys and older men, living with family in their homes, had girlfriends, sometimes married and had childeren. They were skilled men in mostly technical craftsman. They had friends, hobbies and interests. They had a religion, or not. They sometimes were from foreign descent, like Canada, Poland and Italy and so on. They shared love for the family, and friends. That gives the Silent Engineers, who paid the ultimate price for our Freedom, their personal identity.
And that is excactly what we aim for with the Roll of Honor, give them back their name, their identity and sometimes their appearance with the help of a photograph.
We all can at least know a little of who they were, maybe we recognise ourselves in them. That will make it easyer not to forget these Engineers.
Because: “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them”
Amidst the desert sands dawnings just begun,
battle rages on, bombing veils the rising sun.
A boy not yet a man holds a picture to his heart,
of loved ones not forgotten though oceans keep them apart.
Called to serve his country, land of freedom home of brave,
risking his existence for the lives that he may save.
Concealing his dismay he holds his head up high,
his arms embrace a trusted friend watching him slowly die.
A boy he is no more, on that day there stood a man,
his heart filled with rage, his mind fights to understand.
Raised to be a man of God, taught thou shalt not kill,
now placed upon the battlefield where there tis his only will.
Resting beneath the sunset, wounded he dreams of home,
lying on the desert’s floor a soldier died alone
What is the Roll of honor; introduction
Years of ongoing research have led to this Roll of Honor about the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion..
Of each casualty we have an photograph of his grave, from all over the world.
Then all the info we have found is mentioned under his Grave, his family and house in the States, his Enlistement records, photographs.
Through all the research over years about the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion we have collected a fair amount of information and managed to write an papragraph about how, and when the 17th Engineer got killed, or died and under what circumstances, sometimes impressively accurate.
Then copies of all the official papers, like deathlists and US Sensus, gravestone application cards, enlistment draft records, just to name af few, are added.
We still keep finding information about the casualties and hope to get in contact with more relatives and people who have relevant information, so feel free to get in contact with us.
Graves of the men of 17th Armored Engineer Battalion at the American Cemeteries from the American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC):
|Name American Cemetery||Location American Cemetery||Number of Graves|
|Normandy American Cemetery||Colleville-sur-Mer, France||8 Graves|
|Brittany American Cemetery||Saint James, France||2 Graves|
|Lorraine American Cemetery||Saint Avold, France||1 Grave|
|Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery||Hombourg, Belgium||8 Graves|
|Netherlands American Cemetery||Margraten, Netherlands||8 Graves|
|Cambridge American Cemetery||Cambridge, United Kingdom||1 Grave|
|North Africa American Cemetery||Tunis, Tunisia||1 Grave|
|Sicily-Rome American Cemetery||Nettuno, Italy||2 Graves|
In total there are 31 Graves of the fallen men 17th Armored Engineer Battalion at the American Cemeteries from American Battle Monuments Commission.
Graves of the men of 17th Armored Engineer Battalion burried in the United States
Many of the fallen have been (re)burried at Cemeteries in the United States, mostly near their hometown, by request of the relatives, next-of-kin or by request of the deceased as stated in his last will.
Of the 405.399 American Casualties only 176.399 are registerd by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Many of the deceased men have been re-burried in the United States, and not registered by the AMBC. With that we had done lots of research and found more graves of the fallen 17th Engineers that the was stated in books.
The book “A history of the second United States Armored Division 1940 – 1946” states a table with a total of 61 fallen during World War Two of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion but we have now 68 graves established in the Roll of Honor of which 4 (digital) graves that are “Unknown But to God”.
Sources used for the Roll of Honor
1. Draft registration Cards
A lot of pages about a the Engineers dont have any “Draft Registration Cards. The original draft registration cards for the following states were destroyed several years ago and were never microfilmed before they were destroyed. Therefore, there will never be records for these states in this Roll of Honor.
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
2. Enlistment Records
The Army Enlistment Records a the logical way to start with and give the most essential details about the 17th Engineer.
Name Frederick C Summers Name (Original) SUMMERS FREDERICK C Event Type Military Service Event Date 02 Dec 1941 Event Place Baltimore, Maryland, United States Race White Citizenship Status citizen Birth Year 1919 Birthplace MARYLAND Education Level 2 years of high school Civilian Occupation Structural-and ornamental-metal workers 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 33068929 Affiliate ARC Identifier 1263923 Box Film Number 06062.270
3. United States Population Sensus 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940
The United States Sensus records gives some crucial information about the location the Engineer lived before the war, and also the family who billeted in the house at the moment they visited the house.
It also tells us what the civilliab occupation was before the war, not only of the Engineer but also what his father and siblings did. Mostly it is a occupation that clarifies the later assignment to the Branch of Engineers. We see that Chauffeurs, Crafstmen, Railroad workers, Steel workers, carpenters, farmers, Automobile repairman etc were being transferred to the Engineer Branch.
4. Official Deathlist; World War II – Honor List of Death and Missing – by State and County
These lists were made up in June 1946 and were made for each State and then divided by County and the names in alphabetical order.
The intersting thing is that in this document one can relate the ASN number and the name to the “Military Casualty Code” (more information below).
So we know what the cause of death was and gives us more details we use to clarify ot the Engineer died during a specific mission, during artillery barrage or somekind.
Most of the time we know the Company the Engineer served and by the unit history we can relatively accurate tell were he died.
Military Casualty Code
These codes are used by the Military during the Second World War to declare the status of soldiers who died or were missing and are being used in the Roll of Honor.
TYPE OF CASUALTY: This is indicated by the symbol at the far right of each column. An individual who was killed in action, whether at the front or by enemy action in the rear areas, or if a prisoner of war, whether by air bombardment of his prison camp or by being shot while escaping. is designated “KIA.” Persons who were wounded and later died are marked “DOW”–died of wounds. Those who suffered fatal battle INJURIES as opposed to WOUNDS, in combat or in combat areas, and died in a line-of-duty status, are designated “DOI”–died of injuries. Other line-of-duty deaths, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide or accidents outside combat areas (including training and maneuver deaths) are listed “DNB”–died, non-battle. Individuals who were determined to be dead under Public Law 490 are designated “FOD”–finding of death. Missing persons are marked with the single letter “M”.
(source: Foreword Honor List of dead and missng 1946)
KIA: Killed In Action. This is an individual who was killed in action at the front, by enemy action in the rear, or if a prisoner of war. (battle related)
DOW: Died Of Wounds. This is an individual was who wounded and later died. (wounds are battle related)
DOI: Died of Injuries. This is an individual was who wounded and later died. (injuries ar not battle related)
DNB: Died Non-Battle This is an individual who died in a line of duty death, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside of combat areas (training). (not battle related)
FOD: Finding of Death. The missing in action person is declared dead, or Legal Presumption of Death, after missing one year or more. In the absence of a recovered body, soldiers that were determined to be dead under Public Law 490. After at least one year from time of disappearance, when there was either conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming evidence that the person could not have remained alive. Findings of death under Public Law 490 and its amendments are made in the case of persons when–and only when–there Is either conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming evidence that under the circumstances the person could not have remained alive. These findings are made only after review and after a lapse of least one year from the time of disappearance. (battle related)
FOL: Finding of Loss. (Not in line of duty)
M: Missing. This is an individual who is reported as missing and later was determined to be dead. A missing person disappeared less than a year prior to January 31, 1948. As time passes the fate of some of these missing will become known and others will be declared dead in the absence of hope that they are living. A few–too small a number to be considered as a percentage of the missing–fall into a third category: persons who intentionally deserted the service and are bending every effort to avoid repatriation. Cases of this type have been discovered in the past but the number of these cases is exceedingly small.
5. Headstone Application Cards (Source: NARA)
6. Military Official Burail documentation
7. Report of temporary burial/ grave
Many of the fallen during World War 2 were burried in a temporary grave all over the ETO. At the time the AMBC erected the American Cemetaries they were re-burried at the AMBC Cemetary or were re-burried in the United States by request of the next-of-kin. There are some reports were some fallen 17th Egnineer are being mentioned and were burried at a temporary grave. Example below.
8. Other relevent sources
Sometimes we find aditionall information by the help of the World Wide Web, or official associations and offcourse family/ relatives. We even managed to get in contact with veterans of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion. We have received letters, photographs, stories and souvenirs. These give excellent information of the Engineer. Some Examples below.
Written by M. Brandjes