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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

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Charles L Franch

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 12/11/1918

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfimed)
Enlisted: 07/30/1942
Deceased: 08/13/1944 KIA (Killed in Action)
Location: Barenton, Normandy, France
Hometown: Las Animas, Colorado
Army Serial Number: 37351208
Burial: Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France

Plot: A row 9 grave 2
GPS (lat/lon): 48°31’06.8″N 1°18’11.4″W

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Biografische informatie

Location grave Private Charles L Franch  at the Brittany American Cemetery

Gravestone Charles L Franch

Gravestone Charles L Franch

 


Where and how was Private Charles L Franch 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 .

—Companies ”C” and ”D” each built a 60 foot tread way bridge near Domfront 13 and 14 August, respectively.—

 (source: 17th Armored unit History)


It is not known in what Company Private Charles S Franch 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.

Summary

Was Private Charles S Franch part of the C and D Company on August the 13th 1944 who built the treadwaybridge near Domfront?  Or was he killed in action working as infantry?
It well could be but nontheless he also could have been killed on “Purple Heart Hill” (Hill 329).

 


Location where Private Charles L Franch probaly was killed in action


Official casualty list

Charles L Bacle Las Anima Colorado

Charles L Bacle Las Anima Colorado


Temporary grave at he Le Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy, France:

Temporary Grave Charles L Franch

Temporary Grave Charles L Franch

e Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy France

Le Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy France


Newpapers.com: 
Greeley
Daily Tribune, 23 Oct 1944, Mon, Page 4

Greeley Daily Tribune, 23 Oct 1944, Mon, Page 4

Greeley Daily Tribune, 23 Oct 1944, Mon, Page 4

 


The location of the house in the year where Charles L Franch lived with the family, as an 12 year old “miner for a Colemine”
Adress: Garfield Avenue 19319, Trinicad city, 43, Las Animas, Colorado, United States


US Sensus 1910

Charlie Franch

United States Census, 1910
Name Charlie Franch
Event Type Census
Event Date 1910
Event Place Precinct 28, Las Animas, Colorado, United States
Gender Male
Age 12
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1898
Birthplace Colorado
Father’s Birthplace Austria
Mother’s Birthplace Italy
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 3
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Fionenzo Franch Head M 44 Austria
Victoria Franch Wife F 43 Italy
Annie Franch Daughter F 16 Colorado
Mary Franch Daughter F 14 Colorado
Charlie Franch Son M 12 Colorado
John Franch Son M 10 Colorado
Oliva Franch Daughter F 5 Colorado
Elisbeth Franch Daughter F 2 Colorado

US Sensus 1900

Charles Franch

United States Census, 1900
Name Charles Franch
Event Type Census
Event Year 1900
Event Place Precinct 15-16, 25, 43 Coke Ovens, El Moro, Forbes, Chicosa, Las Animas, Colorado, United States
Gender Male
Age 3
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) W
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Date Dec 1897
Birthplace Colorado
Father’s Birthplace Italy
Mother’s Birthplace Italy
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Francis Firenzo Head M 34 Austria
Victoria Franch Wife F 33 Italy
Anna Franch Daughter F 7 Colorado
Mary Franch Daughter F 5 Colorado
Charles Franch Son M 3 Colorado
John Franch Son M 0 Colorado
Annie Franch Mother F 67 Austria
Valentine Machietto Brother-in-law M 42 Italy

 


Family

 

 

 


Enlistment details 1918

Charles Franch

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards
Name Charles Franch
Event Type Draft Registration
Event Date 1917-1918
Event Place Las Animas County, Colorado, United States
Gender Male
Nationality United States
Birth Date 11 Dec 1898
Birthplace United States
Charles L Franch first war draft hq

Charles L Franch first war draft 


Enlistment details 1942

Charles L Franch

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Charles L Franch
Name (Original) FRANCH CHARLES L
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 30 Jul 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 Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1897
Birthplace COLORADO
Education Level Grammar school
Civilian Occupation Semiskilled miners, and mining-machine operators
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 37351208

 


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

 

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