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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

Private First Class Ernest (Erny) W. Struble

The story of Private First Class William Ernest “Erny” Struble

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

Army Serial Number 130 55 072

Born 09 September 1913 
Deceased: 1993 

 

W. Ernest Struble

W. Ernest Struble (Owner: Moos Raaijmakers) 

W. Ernest Struble

W. Ernest Struble (Owner: Moos Raaijmakers) 

W. Ernest Struble

W. Ernest Struble (Owner: Moos Raaijmakers) 

 


US Sensus 1920

William Ernest Struble

United States Census, 1920
Name William Ernest Struble
Event Type Census
Event Date 1920
Event Place Perkasie Ward 1, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender Male
Age 6
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1914
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Father’s Birthplace Pennsylvania
Mother’s Birthplace Pennsylvania

 

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
William L Struble Head M 35 Pennsylvania
Lottie Struble Wife F 40 Pennsylvania
Russell Struble Son M 12 Pennsylvania
Ralph Struble Son M 11 Pennsylvania
William Ernest Struble Son M 6 Pennsylvania
Denah Crouthamel Mother-in-law F 76 Pennsylvania

 

US Sensus 1920

US Sensus 1920

 


US Sensus 1940

William Ernest Struble

 
Name William Ernest Struble
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Ward 1, Perkasie, Perkasie Borough, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
Sex Male
Age 26
Marital Status Single
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Birth Year (Estimated) 1914
Last Place of Residence Same House

Family

  William L Struble   Male 56 Married White Head  Pennsylvania  
  Lottie Struble   Female 61 Married White Wife Pennsylvania 1879 Same House
  Ralph Struble   Male 31 Single White Son Pennsylvania 1909 Same House
  William Ernest Struble   Male 26 Single White Son Pennsylvania 1914 Same House
US Sensus 1940

US Sensus 1940


House of the family of William Ernest Struble in 1940 Racestreet 324, Buck County, Pennsylvania, United States 

 


United States World War 2 Army Enlistment Records

William E Struble

Name William E Struble
Name (Original) STRUBLE WILLIAM E
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 11 Mar 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1913
Birthplace PENNSYLVANIA
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Semiskilled mechanics and repairmen, n.e.c.
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA

For the letters that Private First Class William Ernest “Erny” Struble wrote in the year 1943 see: Letters year 1943


Pictures shot by 17th Engineer Private First Class William Ernest “Erny” Struble May 1945 

(Photos: courtesy of M. Raaijmakers) 

Barges for Pile driver on Elbe-Weser Canal

“Barges for Pile driver on Elbe-Weser Canal”

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” Elbe-Weser Canal Bridge”

Elbe Weser Canal Bridge (2)Elbe Weser Canal Bridge (2)

” Elbe-Weser Canal Bridge”

Elbe Weser Canal Bridge (2)

“Footbridge and blown German bridge over Weser-Elbe Canal, Blowing land for new bridge site.”

Weser Elbe Burdge 252 Engineer Combat Batt May 1945(2)

Weser Elbe Burdge 252 Engineer Combat Batt May 1945

Weser Elbe Burdge 252 Engineer Combat Batt May 1945

Information about brigde:

In very early May the battalion moved to the vicinity of Magdeburg and met the Russians and built an autobahnbridge over the Weser-Elbe Canal, opening the route to Berlin (source: The 252nd Engineer Combat Battalion by Dave Kaufman)



 

Pictures shot by 17th Engineer Private First Class William Ernest “Erny” Struble Threastle Bridge 

(pictures owner: M. Raaijmaker)

 

Information Unit History:

Co “E”, however, recovered its 2nd Platoon from the 992nd Engrs and on 11 March went to the 1153rd Engr (C) Gp in the vicinity of Maastricht , Holland, where Co. “C” 202nd Engr (c) Bn was attached and organization began for bridging the Rhine.

(This could be the Ludendorfbridge at Remagen (Roosevelt Bridge) unill now not certain. The photos are shot by Struble who was in Company C, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)

Long Span of Rhine Bridge

Long Span of Rhine Bridge

Long Span of Rhine Bridge

NL ponton barge on Rhine assembly (1)

NL ponton barge on Rhine assembly (1)

NL ponton barge on Rhine assembly (2)

NL ponton barge on Rhine assembly (2)

Rhine River Bridge (1)

Rhine River Bridge (2)

Rhine River Bridge ETO beside german bridge (1)

Rhine River Bridge ETO beside german bridge (1)


Photos taken in Berlin by PFC Willian E Struble Company E, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion

The “Keizer Frederikmuseum” Berlin, currently known as th Bodemuseum. (Photo Moos Raijnmakers)

Across the Berliner Strasse from the templehof airdrome (This was Flughafen Tempelhof, built by the Nazi regime in 1923. It was bombed but taken in use again by the US Airforce in 1945.

Across the Berliner Strasse from the templehof airdrome (1)

Der Kaiserhoff Hotel , Berlin 1945

Der Kaiserhoff Hotel , Berlin 1945

Vaterland Gasstatte Kamers

Haus Hotel Vaterland Gasstatte Kamers, Berlin 1945. Potsdamerplatz. 

1940 Berlin-Mitte,Haus Vaterland, Potsdamer Platz 31. Berlin,(Sammlung Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte.)

Die Reichstag, Berlin 1945

 

 


1999 Obituary W Ernest Struble

mentioned in the record of E Margaret Struble
Spouse and Children
William E Son Male
Robert E Son Male
Others on Record
I Elwood Moyer Father in Law Male
Mary J Ulmer Moyer Mother in Law Female
Leroy U Brother in Law Male
Josephine Sister in Law Female
Lester Tyson Unknown Male
Arlene Daughter Female
Willis Gehman Unknown Male

United States Public Records 1992 – 2004

Name Ernest Struble
Also Known As William E Struble
2nd Also Known As Name W Ernest Struble
Residence Date 01 Aug 1992-01 Jan 2004
Residence Place Telford, Pennsylvania, United States
Birth Date 09 Sep 1913
Address Telford, Pennsylvania 18969
Address Date 01 Aug 1992-01 Jan 2004
2nd Address Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944
2nd Address Date 01 Nov 1978-01 Jan 2004
Possible Relatives Ernest Struble, Margaret M Struble
Record Number 124109159

 


Obituary  W Ernest Struble

mentioned in the record of E Margaret Struble
Name W Ernest Struble
gender Male
Wife E Margaret Struble
Son Robert E
Son William E

( Daughter Arlene??) 

 


Burial: 

Trinity Lutheran Cemetery

PerkasieBucks CountyPennsylvaniaUSA

Grave Stone Ernsest W. Struble

Grave Stone Ernsest W. Struble


Parents

Charlotte S Crouthamel Struble

18781967

William L Struble

1884–1957


Spouse

Margaret M Struble

1917-1999


Research and written by: Martijn Brandjes & Moos Raaijmakers. 

Sources: FindAGrave.com, NARA