Chester (Butch) L PatcykUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Baker Company Rank: PrivateBorn: 1922
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Deceased: 08/06/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: France, Normandy, Saint-Sever-Calvados
Hometown: West Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Army Serial Number: 32729821
Burial: Saint Joseph Cemetery
Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40°49’36.6″N 79°30’31.0″W
Location grave Private Chester L. Patcyk at the Saint Joseph Cemetery Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania :
Where was Private Chester L. Patcyk killed in action or died of wounds?
During the 6th of august 1944, Combat Command A and B were both active and Companies of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion were assigned to them.
Combat Command A (CCA): Company A, C Datachment Company E, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion.
Combat Command B (CCB): Company B, Detachment Company E, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion.
Phase: Phase I – The “Break-Through
Relevant info about Combat Command B (with B Company 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)
Combat Command “B” re-entered the attack to exploit the breakthrough on 2 August, reaching Margueray that day and pressing on to St. Sever Calvados and penetrated deep into Foret de St. Sever before being relieved. Colonel Thomas A. Roberts, Division Artillery Commander, was killed in the action around St. Sever, while acting as forward observer for his artillery. Then on 7 August came a swift tactical maneuver, an “end run” west of St. Sever, south to St. Hilaire and then east to Barenton, where Division armor and infantry, after a 50-mile march, struck the enemy on his vulnerable south flank.
(Source: Book, A history of the 2nd United States Armored Division 1940 – 1946 by The Battery Press)
Relevant info about Combat Command B (with B Company, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)
Gen. Charles Corlett, commanding general of XIX Corps, ordered the attack continued, hoping to defeat a fleeing enemy. The 28th and 29th. Infantry Divisions each had a combat command of the 2d Armored attached to support the corp’s advance southward toward Vire. The 2d Armored, which came under XIX Corps control at noon on August 2, was ordered to be ready to resume operations any time after 6:00 P.M. Seventy minutes later, at 1:10, the division was placed on a two-hour alert. Brooks was ordered to begin movement at 4:00 to secure the corps objective—generally the high ground between St. Sever Calvados and Vire and that south of that line.
Combat Command B, on the southwest flank of the corps zone, was assigned to capture St. Sever Calvados. After moving through Villebaudon and Percy, it crossed the Vire River, heading south into enemy territory. The Reconnaissance Company, 67th Armor, leading the tank elements, made good progress until it reached a roadblock west of Margueray, which was defended by several 88mm antitank guns.
The main body of Combat Command B had moved from bivouac areas near Notre Dame le Cenilly and had covered about thirteen miles before coming under extremely heavy artillery, antitank, mortar and tank fire from Le Chefrense, about 11/2 miles northwest of Margueray.
The tankers tried to reach the crossroads that were holding up the reconnaissance platoon but could not force the Germans out of their positions with air and artillery. The battallion consolidated for the night. west of Margueray. During the night, the Germans pulled out of theirpositions and infantry patrols moved on to the high ground without opposition. The Reconnaissance Company, 67th Armored, went into Montbray. Finding that the enemy had just departed. The following morning, (august 4th) Combat Command B resumed its attack to capture St. Sever Calvados. Heavy resistance from enemy rear guard units, mines and log roadblocks continued.
To compound their problems, it started to rain, hampering movement on the paved roads. The first Battalion made a detour east through St Freres, turned south west and proceeded 300 yards, when it met strong anti-tank fire that destroyed the platoonleaders tank. By late afternoon CCB had still not reached their initial objective, but prepared a attack the following morning.
The 2nd battalion had less resitance and finally bivouacked north of Courson.
White resumed the attack at 06:00 AM (august 5th) and Brooks told him to push hard under the cover of fog. They lost tanks by mines and finally went in to St Sever Calvados and met dug-in infantry, artillery, mortar- and bazookafire. The two collumns went trough Foret de S Sever, the left column captured Manvieu de Bocage, the right Champ du Boult. They encounterd fire by artillery and when they lost five tanks in a short period, they decided to break contact and attack the next morning.
On August 6th the attack resumed with the two columns again making progress against determend resistance. The right column attacking at dawn but could not advance because of trenches with infantry on the high grounds.
The terrain was not suitable for Armored vehicles and had a shortage of infantry, filled up that afternoon by the 41st Armored Infantry. The enemy still resisted and at dusk, after making some gains, the command pulled back to regroup. During the day the tankers, the tankers sufferd no losses, but the infantry sufferd heavily because of the mortar- and artilleryfire that continued to rain down on them.
The left column made good progress against lessening resistance, reaching le Gast (on the southwestside of the Foret de St Sever) that afternoon. After taking the town, they turned it over to the 115th infantry regiment 29th Division.
(Source: Book: Hell on Wheels, the 2nd Armored Division by Donald E Houston, 1977.)
Relevant info about 17th Armored Engineer Battalion
During the period 2 to 6 August an attack was launched in the direction of Vire and Saint Sever Calvados. Co. ”C” was released from CC. ”A” to Bn, however the 2nd Platoon was attached to the 113thCavalry from reconnaissance operations in the vicinity of Vire. (Capt. Hazen was injured 5 August, and 1st Lt. Francis Crimmins assumed command of Co. ”A”)
(source: 17th Armored unit History)
Private Chester “Butch” L Patcyk was probably active during the mission with CCB on august 6th, 1944 and is likely killed in action during the heavy mortar and artilleryfire barrages.
He could have being deployed as infantry, that regularly happend with the engineers attached to a Combat Command.
Location where Private Chester L. Patcyk was killed in action:
Between Le Gast and Saint-Sever-Calvados
NAME: Chester Patcyk PHONE: DE 1295
STREET 32 Tonawonda St.
CITY AND STATE: Buffalo New York
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY PLEASE NOTIFY
Notification letter 6 July 1944
The family recieved a notification that Chester L Patcyk was Killed in Action on 6 July 1944, but lateron recieved a V-mail of Chester dated August 3, 1944.
V-mail, August 3 , 1944
To Miss Vriginia Patcyk
231 Harrison st
Pvt Chester L Patcyk
Co B 17th Armd Eng Bn
Received one of your letters a few days ago and sure was glad to get it, for it was the first of any mail that I had received, within the past week. I did manage to get a fair pile of letters last nite. I am coming along fine and feeling o’kay after just socking the ‘Jerries’ back for rolling miles. I am sorry to hear that Joe is still in the hospital, for I have been thinking that he was at home all this time already. Well I can’t write so much more this time but do tell Stan to drop me a few lines.
My best regards to Mom Dad + all
This letter was sent by Chester to his sister Virginia, this was the last letter of him before he got Killed in Action. When Virginia received the letter from Chester it gave the family hope, this letter was proof he was alive. This letter was dated 8/3/44, which was after the date of death stated in the original notice of death, which was indicated as sometime in July ’44, from what I was told.
Unfortunately, I do not have the original notice. The family hoped they had been incorrectly notified by the Army and requested an investigation. Then they received the corrected notification with date of death 8/6/44 . I don’t know how that mistake was made. For the family it must have felt they lost him twice.
(As being told by Carleen Dunne)
Corrected Notification 25 September 1944
The adjudant Generals Office
AGPC-G 201 Patcyk, Chester L.
25 September 1944
Mrs. Cecilia Patcyk,
231 Harrsion Street,
Dear Mrs. Patcyk,
Further reference is made to recent Communications, relative to your son, Private Chester L. Patcyk 32729821, Corps of Engineers, who was killed in action in France.
Following the investigation, of wich you were adviced 28 August 1944, a report has now been received that your son was killed in action on 6 august 1944, instead of 6 july 1944. The message contained no other information.
I regret deeply that he earlier information from sources which have heretofore proved reliable, was in error, and wish to extend my personal apologies.
May I agian extend my sympathy for the loss you have sustained.
J. A. Ulio
The adjudant General.
Sympathy Card, 9 October 1944
extends his deep symphathy
in your bereavement. Your son
fought valiantly in a supreme hour
of his country’s need. His memory will
live in the grateful heart of our nation
Official casualty list
Temporary Burial at Le Chene Guerin, Normandy, France
Countians on funeral ship
Bodies of Five From Area on Army Transport Returning From Europe.
The bodies of 7000 Americans – including five Armstrong countians – Who lost their lives during World War II have been returned to the United States from Europe aboard the United States Army Transport Carroll Victory, the department of the Army announced today.
Armed forces originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in France and Holland are among those brought back to this country.
A total of 531 bodies were returned upon instructions of next of kin residing in Pennsylvania.
The bodies of Armstrong countians aboard the transport, together with the next of kin are:
T5 William P. Anderson, Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson 159 North McKean street, Kittanning.
First Lieutenant Oliver B. Elder. O. T. Elder, East Brady.
Private Chester L. Patcyk, Anthony Patcyk, 231 Harrison street, West Kittanning.
Private First Class Harry F. Radebach, Mrs. Rose Radeback, Apollo.
Private First Class John A. Stover, John J. Stover, 231 Chestnut street, Kittanning.
The location of the house in the year where Private Chester L. Patcyk lived with the family, as an 20 year old:
Adress: 231 Harrison Street, Kittanning, PA 16201, United States
US Sensus 1940
Parents and Siblings
|Cecelia Maryanski Patcyk||Mother||Female|
|Walter A Patcyk||Brother||Male|
|Joseph L Patcyk||Brother||Male|
Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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