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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

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Farris D Smith

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: Private First ClassBorn: 06/03/1922

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Enlisted: 12/04/1942
Deceased: 10/13/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: Würselen, Germany
Hometown: Missouri, Texas County
Army Serial Number: 17161706
Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri, USA
Plot: North East 1st 130-4
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Location grave Private First Class Farris D Smith  at the Hillcrest Cemetery Mountain Grove:

 
 

 


Where was  Private First Class Farris D Smith  killed in action? 

Introduction

Campaign: Rhineland Campaign, Breeching the Siegfried Line

(Source: Unit History 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)


General Leland Hobbs’ 30th Infantry Division would be assisted by the 2nd Armored Division, which would exploit the 30th Division’s penetration of the Siegfried Line, while their flanks were protected by the 29th Infantry Division.
The 30th Infantry Division, with elements of the 29th Infantry and 2nd Armored divisions, continued its push southwards between 13–16 October, in the sector of the village of Würselen; however, even with heavy air support, they were unsuccessful in breaking through German defenses and linking up with allied forces to the south. The Germans took advantage of the narrow front to pound advancing attackers with artillery, and progress remained slow as German tanks used houses as bunkers to surprise and overwhelm American foot soldiers.

(Source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Aachen)


Germany, on 13 October 1944, when his organization participated in a coordinated infantry-tank attack destined to isolate the large German garrison which was tenaciously defending the city of Aachen. In the first day’s action, when infantrymen ran into murderous small-arms and mortar fire, Capt. Burt dismounted from his tank about 200 yards to the rear and moved forward on foot beyond the infantry positions, where, as the enemy concentrated a tremendous volume of fire upon him, he calmly motioned his tanks into good firing positions.

(Source: Medal of Honor Citation: BURT, JAMES M.Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company B, 66th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division. Place and date: Near Wurselen, Germany, 13 October 1944)


On 12 October 1944 the 3rd Battalion was attached to the 116th In-fantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division at Bardenburg. The regiment’s mission was to attack toward Wurselen with the goal of cutting the routes leading north and northwest out of Aachen. The attack south began on 13 October, with each of the three tank companies (G, H, and B) attached to a battalion of the 116th Infantry. The attack advanced slowly over the next several days as the Germans fought with everything they had. Their resis-tance was so intense on 16 October that the American battalion was unable to advance even three hundred yards as they had done the day before. Ger-man attacks were frequent and employed heavy concentrations of mortar and artillery fire, a desperate bid to keep Aachen from being encircled.’

(Source: Iron Knights: The U.S. 66th Armored Regiment in World War II by Gordon A. Blaker)


Summary

The Company that Private First Class Farris D Smith  served was Company A of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion. 

Company A 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, in Combat Command B

The resources tells us that around the 13th of october the plantoons of Company A of the 17th Engineers saw a lot of action, Private First Class Farris D Smith was in Company A.
With the 117th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division on the 10th of October they attacked Schaufenberg, and cuptured it, Engineers laid mines and boobytraps.
Then on the 13th of October 1944, Combat Command B with the 66th Armored Division, a battalion of the 116th infantry, 29th infantry Division, and 1 platoon of A Company, 17th Engineers start to attack toward Würselen with the goal of cutting the routes leading north and northwest out of Aachen. The Germans fought with everthing they had and had heavy of mortar and artillery fire. Finally they closed the cap at the south of Aachen.

On the day that Private First Class  Farris D. Smith was Killed in Action on October 13th,  Corporal Ralph Sirico and Private George M. Natale were Killed in Action.


Location where Private First Class Farris D Smith was killed in action:

Around the 13th of October Combat Commands were active around Würselen.


Official casualty list Private First Class Farris D Smith 

Farris D Smith Missouri Texas County

PFC Farris D Smith Missouri Texas County

PFC Farris D Smith Missouri Texas Count

PFC Farris D Smith Missouri Texas Count


Headstone Application Card Private First Class Farris D Smith 

Smith Farris D Gravestone Card

PFC Smith Farris D Gravestone Card

 


The location  in the year 1930 where  Farris D Smith lived with the family, as an 8 year old :
Adress: Brush Creek, Wright, Missouri, United States

 

 


US Sensus 1930

Farris D Smith

United States Census, 1930
Name Farris D Smith
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Brush Creek, Wright, Missouri, United States
Gender Male
Age 8
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Stepson
Relationship to Head of Household Stepson
Birth Year (Estimated) 1922
Birthplace Missouri
Father’s Birthplace Missouri
Mother’s Birthplace Missouri
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 7
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Clarence A Savewinger Head M 60 Kansas
Hannah D Savewinger Wife F 43 Missouri
Ella F Smith Stepdaughter F 13 Missouri
Eurman F Smith Stepson M 10 Missouri
Farris D Smith Stepson M 8 Missouri
  Clarence A Savewinger   Male 60 Married White Head   1870   Ohio   B
  Hannah D Savewinger   Female 43 Married White Wife 1887 Missouri   Kentucky Indiana B 7
  Ella F Smith   Female 13 Single White Stepdaughter 1917 Missouri   Missouri Missouri B 7
  Eurman F Smith   Male 10 Single White Stepson 1920 Missouri   Missouri Missouri B 7
  Farris D Smith   Male 8 Single White Stepson 1922 Missouri   Missouri Missouri B 7

 


Enlistment details

Residence:
Texas, Missouri

Date of Enlistment:
3 December 1942

Place of Enlistment:
Jefferson Barracks Missouri

Component of the Army:
Army of the United States – includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10

Branch:
Unknown

Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life

Nativity:
White, citizen

Year of Birth:
1922

Education:
Grammar School

Civilian Occupation:
Semiskilled mechanics and repairmen

Marital Status:
Married


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

 

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