17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Harry R. Rothenberger - Roll of Honor

Harry R. Rothenberger

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 06/21/1921
Foto van Harry R. Rothenberger

Biografische informatie

Location grave Private Harry R. Rothenberger at the Laureldale Cemetery

Tuckerton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA :

 Where was Private Harry R. Rothenberger killed in action?

Phase: The North African Campaign

After the North African Campaign fighting had stopped, the 2nd Armored Division was prepairing for Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily.
The Division was to provide the Armor for the assaulting troops and to be their floating reserve.

In early May 1943 from Marrocco the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion moved to Port Aux Poules, Algeria tanks by train and halftracks  and wheeled vehicles by road convoy, and reported at the Fifth Army Invasion Training Center (FAITC). The troops were trained in every phase of waterborne invasions. Loading vehicles, firing weapons from moving boats, assault and consolidating beachheads. On the 23rd of June there was a final inspection by King George the VI of England and General Eisenhouwer, ” the 2nd Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne Division were in splendid shape with fine discipline”. On july 6th the first LST’s went to Bizerte, Tunisia.

Source: Book “A history of the 2nd US Armored Division 1940-1946”
Source: “Hell on Wheels 2nd Armored Division 1942-1945” by Donald Houston


The period when Private Harry R. Rothenberger was Killed in Action was during a training and prepairing phase with no direct actions with the enemy. We found no information about the cause of his death. Possibly it was during a training phase with live ammunition or mineclearing actions. It is remarkable that on the same day Staffsergeant Clyde H. Nugent was killed.
Was it at the same time and action? unfortunatly we can not tell.

Location where Private Harry R. Rothenberger was killed in action:

Official casualty list

Tuckerton, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA

Deathlist Harry R Rothenberger

Deathlist Harry R Rothenberger

The location of the house in the year where Private Harry R. Rothenberger lived with the family, as an 18 year old “Packer in a Candy Factory”:

Adress: Bellevue Ave 800, Laureldale Borough, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States

US Sensus 1940

United States Census, 1940
Name Harry Rothenberger
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Laureldale Borough, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States
Sex Male
Age 18
Marital Status Single
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Birth Year (Estimated) 1922
Last Place of Residence Same House
Morris Rothenberger Head M 60 Pennsylvania
Laura Rothenberger Wife F 53 Pennsylvania
Mary Rothenberger Daughter F 21 Pennsylvania
Harry Rothenberger Son M 18 Pennsylvania


US Senus 1930

Morris Rothenberger Head M 50 PENNSYLVANIA
Laura Rothenberger Wife F 44 PENNSYLVANIA
Mary L Rothenberger Daughter F 11 PENNSYLVANIA
Harry R Rothenberger Son M 8 PENNSYLVANIA

Enlistment details

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Harry R Rothenberger
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 05 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 Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1921
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation General farmers
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference Civil Life
Serial Number 33368825
Affiliate ARC Identifier 1263923
Box Film Number 06491.166



Morris Rothenberger

Laura Rothenberger


Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
Photos © by: Moos Raaijmakers, findagrave.com, familysearch.org


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