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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

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George M Natale

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 1908

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart (unconfirmed)
Enlisted: 03/12/1942
Deceased: 10/13/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: Ft Devens, Massachusetts, United States
Hometown: Massachusetts
Army Serial Number: 31072785
Burial: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
Plot: D row 8 grave 41
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Biografische informatie

Gravestone Private George M Natale

Gravestone Private George M Natale

Location grave Private George M Natale at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial:

 

 


Where wasPrivate George M Natale 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

Unfortunately there is no infromation about the Company of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion that Private George M Natale served in.

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.
With the 117t 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 Wurselen 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.

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

Company B, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion with two platoons in Combat Command A captured the town of Oidtweiler on October 10th and built defensive positions at the North flank of the gap.
The position were improved with trip and barbed wire, the enemy was ofentimes only 300 yards away, heavy barrages of artillery and mortars caused many casualties.
(Source: Book: Hells on Wheels 1942 – 1945 by Donald E. Houston)

The A, B and C Companies of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion were part of two Combat Commands A and B. Around the day that Private George M Natale died Combat Command B was doing an attack with tanks and infantry and aparantly the Engineers were also tasked with regualar infantry actions. Or he was wounded by artillery or mortars, its hard to tell. 

On the day that Private George M Natale was killed in action, Corporal Ralph Sirico died of his wounds on October 13th and Private First Class  Farris D. Smith from Company A  were Killed in Action.


Location where Private George M Natale was killed in action:

Around the 13th of October Combat Commands were active around Schaufenberg and Wurselen.

 


Temporary Grave Henri Chapelle #1 on 22 october 1944

Temporary Grave George M Natale at Henri Chapelle

Temporary Grave George M Natale at Henri Chapelle

 


Official casualty list

Official Deathlist Massechuttes

Official Deathlist Middlesex Massechusettes

Official Deathlist Middlesex Massechusettes

Official Deathlist Middlesex Massechusettes


Newspaper article about the death of the mother
The Boston Globe (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America) · 17 Dec 1973

The Boston Globe (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America) · 17 Dec 1973

The Boston Globe (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America) · 17 Dec 1973 (newspapers.com)

 


The location of the house in the year where George M Natale lived with the family, as an 31 year old “ Chauffeur for a Butter and Egg company”:
Adress: wheeler court 7 Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


US Sensus 1940

George Natale

United States Census, 1940
Name George Natale
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Watertown Town, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Gender Male
Age 31
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birthplace Massachusetts
Birth Year (Estimated) 1909
Last Place of Residence Same House
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Isabel Natale Head F 53 Italy
George Natale Son M 31 Massachusetts
James Natale Son M 29 Massachusetts
Michael Natale Son M 23 Massachusetts
Helen Natale Daughter F 17 Massachusetts
Carmela Gianiotti Mother F 78 Italy

 

US Sensus 1930

George Natale

United States Census, 1930
Name George Natale
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Gender Male
Age 21
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1909
Birthplace Massachusetts
Father’s Birthplace Italy
Mother’s Birthplace Italy
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 14
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Micheal Natale Head M 61 Italy
Bessie Natale Wife F 44 Italy
John Natale Son M 23 Massachusetts
George Natale Son M 21 Massachusetts
James Natale Son M 19 Massachusetts
Theresa Natale Daughter F 15 Massachusetts
Micheal Natale Jr. Son M 13 Massachusetts
Ellen Natale Daughter F 7 Massachusetts

 


Enlistment details

George M Natale

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name George M Natale
Name NATALE GEORGE M
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 12 Mar 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 Ft Devens, Massachusetts, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1908
Birthplace MASSACHUSETTS
Education Level Post-graduate
Marital Status Divorced, 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
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