17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

PFC James Patrick O’Dwyer


The story of Private First Class James Patrick O’Dwyer

Company E, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Division

Army Serial Number 35257292

Born 07 April  1918 
Deceased: 22 December 1990

James Patrick O’Dwyer – The Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)02 May 1948, SunPage 17 (Newapapers.com)

US Sensus 1940

James P O Dwyer

United States Census, 1940
Name James P O Dwyer
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Sugar Creek Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States
Sex Male
Age 22
Marital Status Single
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birthplace Indiana
Birth Year (Estimated) 1918
Last Place of Residence Same House



Andrew J O Dwyer Head M 60 Indiana
Theresa O Dwyer Wife F 49 Indiana
Theresa C O Dwyer Daughter F 23 Indiana
James P O Dwyer Son M 22 Indiana
Thomas M O Dwyer Son M 21 Indiana
John F O Dwyer Son M 15 Indiana
Catherine M O Dwyer Daughter F 13 Indiana
  Andrew J O Dwyer     60 Married White Head Indiana  
  Theresa O Dwyer   Female 49 Married White Wife Indiana 1891 Same House
  Theresa C O Dwyer   Female 23 Single White Daughter Indiana 1917 Same House
  James P O Dwyer   Male 22 Single White Son Indiana 1918 Same House
  Thomas M O Dwyer   Male 21 Single White Son Indiana 1919 Same House
  John F O Dwyer   Male 15 Single White Son Indiana 1925 Same House
  Catherine M O Dwyer   Female 13 Single White Daughter Indiana 1927 Same House
US Sensus 1940

US Sensus 1940

1942 United States World War II Army Enlistment Records

James P Odwyer

Name James P Odwyer
Name (Original) ODWYER JAMES P
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 10 Feb 1942
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 Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1918
Birthplace INDIANA
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Radio operators
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)



For the letters that Private First Class James Patrick O’Dwyer wrote click on the year of interest:

Letters year 1942

 Letters year 1943

 Letters year 1944

 Letters year 1945


Pictures made by Private First Class James Patrick O’Dwyer during his service overseas

Photos of the bridge across the Elbe – Weser Canal, Germany


Photos of the bridge across the Rhine River, Germany

After the war

Mr and Mrs James Edward Leslie – The Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)02 May 1948, SunPage 17 (newspapers.com)

Detail James Patrick O’Dwyer and Maxine Marie (Steed) O’Dwyer – The Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)02 May 1948, SunPage 17 (newspapers.com)


Obituary James Patrick O’Dwyer – The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida)23 Dec 1990, SunPage 26 (Newspapers.com)


Obituary Maxine Marie O’Dwyer – The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida)31 Jan 2007, WedPage 24 Maxine



Royal Palm Memorial Gardens
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA

James P Odwyer

United States Social Security Death Index
Age 72
Given Name James
Middle Name P
Surname Odwyer
Birth Date 07 Apr 1918
State Indiana
Event Date 22 Dec 1990
Gravestone O Dweyer

Gravestone O Dweyer

Sources: FindAGrave.com, NARA

Research and written by Martijn Brandjes