Fred J Blevins17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div – A Company Rank: Technician 5th GradeBorn: 01/01/1919 Tennessee
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Deceased: 07/27/1944 KIA (Killed in action)
Location: Normandy, St. Lo region, France
Hometown: Charlton County, Georgia
Army Serial Number: 14032332
Burial: Taylor Place Cemetary
GPS (lat/lon): 36°23’14.8″N 84°56’11.8″W
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Location Grave of Technician 5th Grade Fred J Blevins:
(Taylor Cemetery , Jamestown, Fentress County, Tennesee, United States)
Location where TEC 5 Fred J. Blevins lived as an Truckdriver in the mining industry in the year 1940:
Where was TEC 5 Fred J. Blevins killed in Action?
The “application for a headstone or marker” tells us that Fred J Blevins 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 ont the date that Fred J. Blevins died.
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 Engieers 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 TEC 5 Fred J. Blevins 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 TEC 5 Fred J. Blevins was killed (supposably) Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France:
We have found some specific detailed information about Fred J Blevins, his “last will” and an “Headstone card”
Official Casualtylist, Fentress County, Tennessee
Temporary Grave at St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France on 28th july 1944
Household with the family where TEC 5 Fred J. Blevins lived as an Truckdriver in the mining industry in the year 1940:
(Jamestown, Tennessee, United States)
|CENSUS 1940 Household family||Role||Gender||Age||Birthplace|
Birth: 1919 at Tennessee
Residence: Charlton County, Georgia
Height: 67 inch
Weight: 130 Lbs
Civilian Occupation: Crop specialty farmers
In the Sensus it states that he was a Truckdriver in the mining industry
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Education: Grammar School
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Enlistment date: 12/8/ 1940
Enlistment location: Fort MCPeherson Atlanta Georgia
Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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