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Cecil Earle “Buddy” McMahan

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, C.O. of Company A Rank: CaptainBorn: 07/17/1918

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Enlisted: 05/20/1941
Deceased: 07/27/1944 KIA (Killed in Action)
Location: Le Mesnil-Herman, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Hometown: Tuscumbia, County, Alabama
Army Serial Number: O-415287
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery
Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
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Foto van Cecil Earle “Buddy” McMahan

Biografische informatie

Gravestone McMahan

Gravestone McMahan

Memorial with Cecil McMahan (courtesy: http://genealogytrails.com)

Colbert County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil McMahan

Cecil McMahan

McMahan at Tidworth Barracks Engeland, june, may 1944 S. Benninger

McMahan at Tidworth Barracks Engeland, june, may 1944 S. Benninger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location grave at the  Cemetary Oakwood Cemetery Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA:

 


Where was Captain Cecil “Buddy” McMahan killed in Action?

Phase: Phase I – The “Break-Through”

 

On july 25th the company D and B were south of Pont Herbert, Normandy, sweeping mines and filling bomb craters on roads and making by-passes through hedgerows for the armored columns. Company A and Company C were heading for Canisy and St Gilles.Company A was pulling in bivouac near Les Mesnil-Herman on july the 27th when a heavy incoming artillery barrage killed Capt. Cecil E. McHahan and five man of Company A, and wounded several others.” 

(Source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History.)

 

Combat Command B was with Company B (from the 17th Engineers) preparing an assault on Pont Brocard, Notre Dame le Cenilly, area around Legronne and Cambernon.
The roads were mined and some roads were in bad shape as a result of the bombing, during the night of july 26th on 27th the Engieers worked to remove mines and to make the passable.

(Source: Book “Hell on Wheels, the 2nd Armored Division by Donald E Houston,  1977.)

Summary

The Unit History cleary states what happend to Captain Cecil “Buddy” McMahan, his was killed in action during a artillery bombardment at Le Mesnil-Herman on 27th of july 1944.


Location where Captain Cecil “Buddy” McMahan was killed (supposably) Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France:


Temorary Grave Captain Cecil “Buddy” McMahan at Saint Maire Eglise No. 2, Normandy France on 28th july 1944

McMahan Temporary Grave

McMahan Temporary Grave


Official casualty list

Official Casualtylist - Colbert- Alabama detail

Official Casualtylist – Colbert- Alabama detail

Official Casualtylist - Colbert- Alabama

Official Casualtylist – Colbert- Alabama


Official Burial Notice

Cecil E McMahan Burial notice

Cecil E McMahan Burial notice

Cecil E McMahan KIA

 


Headstone Application Card

Headstone Application McMahan

Headstone Application McMahan


The location of the house in the year where Captain Cecil “Buddy” McMahan lived with the family, as a 21 year old Student Alabama Polytechnic Institute:
Adress: 718 N Main Street, Tuscumbia, AL 35674, United States


Info from FindaGrave.com

Buddy played football in high school at Deshler High School in Tuscumbia, and was recruited to play university football at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). He played college football in 1939 and 1940, and was an outstanding athlete. He left Auburn and entered the service in 1941.

 


US Sensus 1920

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
S H Mcmahan Head M 38 Alabama
Cecil E Mcmahan Wife F 31 Alabama
Willie H Mcmahan Son M 12 Alabama
Sam Mcmahan Son M 10 Alabama
Warren Mcmahan Son M 8 Tennessee
Polly Mcmahan Daughter F 4 Tennessee
Cecil Mcmahan Son M 2 Tennessee
US Sensus 1920 McMahan

US Sensus 1920 McMahan


US Sensus 1930

Cecil E Mc Mahan

United States Census, 1930
Name Cecil E Mc Mahan
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Tuscumbia, Colbert, Alabama, United States
Gender Male
Age 11
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1919
Birthplace Tennessee
Father’s Birthplace Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace Alabama
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 2
Sam H Mc Mahan Male 48 Married White Head 1882 Alabama Alabama Alabama
Cecil W Mc Mahan Female 41 Married White Wife 1889 Alabama Alabama Alabama A 2
William H Mc Mahan Male 22 Single White Son 1908 Alabama Alabama Alabama A 2
Samuel H Mc Mahan Jr. Jr Male 20 Single White Son 1910 Alabama Alabama Alabama A 2
Warren Mc Mahan Male 18 Single White Son 1912 Tennessee Alabama Alabama A 2
Lucy W Mc Mahan Female 14 Single White Daughter 1916 Tennessee Alabama Alabama A 2
Cecil E Mc Mahan Male 11 Single White Son 1919 Tennessee Alabama Alabama A 2
Donald Mc Mahan Male 6 Single White Son 1924 Tennessee Alabama Alabama A 2
Sibyl A Mc Mahan Female 1 Single White Daughter 1929 Tennessee Alabama Alabama A 2
Pearl Mc Kinney Female 31 White Cook 1899 Alabama Alabama Alabama A 2
US Sensus 1930 McMahan

US Sensus 1930 McMahan

 


US Sensus 1940

 

Sam H Mcmahan Male 58 Married White Head Alabama 1882
Ceciel Mcmahan Female 51 Married White Wife Alabama 1889 Same House
Warren Mcmahan Male 28 Single White Son Tennessee 1912 Same House
Cecil Mcmahan Male 21 Single White Son Tennessee 1919 Same House
Donald Mcmahan Male 16 Single White Son Tennessee 1924 Same House
Syble Mcmahan Female 11 Single White Daughter Tennessee 1929 Same House
US Sensus 1940 McMahan

US Sensus 1940 McMahan


Enlistment details

Unknown

 


Pictures


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

 

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