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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

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Cleon Neal

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 04/04/1918

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Enlisted: 05/22/1941
Deceased: <24/08/1944 KIA (Killed in Action)
Location: Barenton, Normandy France
Hometown: Gibson, Glascock County, Georgia, United States
Army Serial Number: 34082747
Burial: Current: Unknwon. Temporary: the Le Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy ,France.
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GPS (lat/lon): –

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Location grave at the Temporary Cemetary Private Cleon Neal

e Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy France

Le Chêne-Guérin American Cemetary in Normandy France


 Where and how was Private Cleon Neal 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 .

Co. ”C” had its platoons clearing mines, setting up road blocks, ands working with the Infantry . the 1st Platoon, working with Co. ”H”, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment on what became known to the men as “Purple Heart Hill”, had their first introduction to the “Screaming-Mimi” (Nebelwerfer) and suffered several casualties. In all, one man was killed and 13 wounded.  (source: 17th Armored unit History)

The book “Hell on Wheels 2nd Armored Division 1942-1945” by Donald Houston mentions an operation with the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, D Company.

The division was orderd to attack the norh on August 12, cutting the Ger-Mortain road, while Division Reserve was to take over and defend the Comabat Command B zone. The attack by the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment started at 11:00 AM, the terrain was so rugged that the tanks could support the infantrymen ony from a distance.
The left flank was caught in intense artillery fire and small arms fire. The attack continued to the Night. Seeking something to divert the enemy’s attentio, General Brooks conceived a plan to destroy the enemy escape routes deep in to their own territory. To carry it out he designated a platoon from A Compny of the 82nd Recon supported by Captain George L Youngblood of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, D Company. The patrol reached the bridge at Loulay ‘l Abbaye and silently prepared to destroy it. The bridge was destroyed including some nearby houses. The explosion brought instantanious reaction from nearby tanks and infantry. The Hell on Wheelers hid to the woods, an captured some 65 Germans who entered their area. The small taskforce returned to their lines the next day.

It is not known in what Company Private Cleon Neal 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.

Was Private Cleon Neal part of the D Company on August the 12th 1944 special taskforce on the day he got killed? It well could be but nontheless he also could have been killed on “Purple Heart Hill” (Hill 329), hopefully one day we find out.

The region the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion were active in was around Barenton, Normandy, France.

 


Region where  Private Cleon Neal was killed in action: 


Official casualty list

eal Cleon PVT Official Deathlist, Georgia, Glascock

Cleon Neal PVT Official Deathlist, Georgia, Glascock


Cleon Neal - The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America) · 24 Oct 1944, Tue

Cleon Neal – The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America) · 24 Oct 1944, Tue (newspapers.com)


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

Neal Cleon PVT Temporary Burial

Neal Cleon PVT Temporary Burial

 


The location of the house in the year where Cleon Neal lived with the family, as an  22 year old “Farmer”:

Adress: Gibson Road, Glascock County, Georgia, United States


US Sensus 1920

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Thomas J Neal Head M 46 Georgia
Jennie Neal Wife F 46 Georgia
Edcar Neal Son M 19 Georgia
Mary Iness Neal Daughter F 16 Georgia
Marvin Neal Son M 14 Georgia
Ralph Neal Son M 12 Georgia
Sallie Neal Daughter F 8 Georgia
Cleon Neal Son M 1 Georgia


US Sensus 1930

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Tom J Neal Head M 56 Georgia
Jennie Neal Wife F 56 Georgia
Cleon Neal Son M 12 Georgia
Vinson Usry Lodger M 15 Georgia

US Sensus 1940

Cleon Neal

United States Census, 1940
Name Cleon Neal
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Militia District 1168, Glascock, Georgia, 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 Georgia
Birth Year (Estimated) 1918
Last Place of Residence Same House
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
I J Neal Head M 66 Georgia
Cleon Neal Son M 22 Georgia
Nellie Johnson Daughter F 41 Georgia
Ruth Johnson Granddaughter F 17 Georgia
 I J Neal Male 66 Widowed White Head Georgia 1874
Cleon Neal Male 22 Single White Son Georgia 1918 Same House
Nellie Johnson Female 41 Widowed White Daughter Georgia 1899 Same House
Ruth Johnson Female 17 Single White Granddaughter Georgia 1923 Same House

 


Family

Father Neal and son Cleon Neal were both Farmers.
Father Neal was married with Jennie Neal, who died between 1930 and 1940.

Father: Thomas (Tommie) Joseph Neal
Mother: Jennie Neal

Siblings:
Edcar Neal
Mary Iness Neal
Marvin Neal
Ralph Neal
Sallie Neal
Nellie Neal- Johnson

Niece:
Ruth Johnson


Draft Registration Card

Draft Registration Card

Draft Registration Card Cleon Neal

 Name  Gender  Raltionship to veteran  Birth  Residence  Father  Adress Father
Cleon Neal Draft Registration 1940-1942 Gibson, Glascock, Georgia, United States Male Father 04 Apr 1918 Glass Cock, Georgia United States Thomas Joseph Neal Gibson, Glascock, Georgia 147

Enlistment details

Cleon Neal

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Cleon Neal
Name (Original) NEAL CLEON
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 22 May 1941
Event Place Ft Mcpherson, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1918
Birthplace GEORGIA
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)

 


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

 

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