Dan Donald MikovichUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: PrivateBorn: 02/28/1920
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Deceased: 07/27/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France
Hometown: Butte, Montana, United States
Army Serial Number: 39613768
Burial: Inglewood Park Cemetery
Plot: GR 4, LOT 158, MAGNOLIA
GPS (lat/lon): 33°58’19.5″N 118°20’24.4″W
Location grave Private Dan Donald Mikovich at the Inglewood Park Cemetery:
Where was Private Dan Donald Mikovich killed in Action?
We know that Private Dan Donald Mikovich served in Company A, that is essential to give a good lead on when and where he might have been killed.
But there is some more info on where the 17th Engineers were involved in action on the day that Private Dan Donald Mikovich was killed in action.
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 Engineers worked to remove mines and to make the passable.
(Source: Book “Hell on Wheels, the 2nd Armored Division by Donald E Houston, 1977.)
Although not confirmed, it is verly likely that Private Dan Donald Mikovich was one of the five man of Company A who were killed with Capt. Cecil E. McHahan, during the artillery bombardment at Le Mesnil-Herman on 27th of july 1944.
Location where Private Dan Donald Mikovich was killed in action at Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France:
Temporary Grave at Saint Mere Eglise No. 2, Normandy France
Official casualty list
Headstone Application Card
Certificate of Birth
Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004
|Event Date:||28 Feb 1920|
|Event Place:||Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States|
|Father’s Name:||Mike Mikovich|
|Mother’s Name:||Julia Perovich|
The location of the house in the year that Dan Donald Mikovich was born in 1928:
House where Private Dan Donald Mikovich parents lived when he was repatriated to the U.S.
Adress: 1166 East, 66th Street, Los Angeles California, United States
US Sensus 1940
Father: Mike Mikovich
Mother: Julia Perovich
|Name||Dan D Mikovich|
|Name (Original)||MIKOVICH DAN D|
|Event Type||Military Service|
|Event Date||20 Oct 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||Butte, Montana, United States|
|Education Level||4 years of high school|
|Civilian Occupation||Semiskilled miners, and mining-machine operators|
|Marital Status||Single, with dependents|
|Army Branch||Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA|
|Army Component||Selectees (Enlisted Men)|
|Source Reference||Civil Life|
Dan Donald Mikovich was a miner before the war, just like his father was. The house where Dan Donald Mikovich was born is nearby a large mining-area, so they lived near their work
Lokation op the mine near the house of the family.
Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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