17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

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James G Waldron

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: CorporalBorn: 07/29/1910

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Enlisted: Unknown
Deceased: 07/27/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France
Hometown: Arkansas Baxter County/ Missouri
Army Serial Number: 37206754
Burial: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot: Section H, site 86
GPS (lat/lon): 39°21’00.3″N 94°55’55.0″W

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Biografische informatie

Location grave Corporal James G Waldron at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery:

Waldron James G Headstone

Waldron James G Headstone

Where was Private Corporal James G Waldron killed in Action?

Phase: Phase I – The “Break-Through”

We know that Corporal James G Waldron  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 Corporal James G Waldron 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 Corporal James G Waldron 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 Corporal James G Waldron was killed in action at Les Mesnil-Herman, Normandy France:

Temporary Gravelist at Saint Maire Eglise No. 2, Normandy, France:

Waldron James G Temporary BurailSt Mere Eglise 2

Waldron James G Temporary BurailSt Mere Eglise 2


Official casualty list

Official Casualtylist Arkansas Baxter County detail

Official Casualtylist Arkansas Baxter County detail

Official Casualtylist Arkansas Baxter County

Headstone Application Card

Not available.


The location of the house in the year 1920 where Corporal James G Waldron lived with the family, as an  9- year old boy:
Adress:  1415 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri, Verenigde Staten


US Sensus 1920

James G Waldron

United States Census, 1920
Name James G Waldron
Event Type Census
Event Date 1920
Event Place Kansas City Ward 6, Jackson, Missouri, United States
Gender Male
Age 9
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Can Read Yes
Can Write Yes
Relationship to Head of Household Grandson
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Grandson
Birth Year (Estimated) 1911
Birthplace Missouri
Father’s Birthplace New Jersey
Mother’s Birthplace Iowa
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 8
Samuel Parish Head M 65 North Carolina
Katherine Parish Wife F 44 Scotland
Arthur C Parish Son M 14 Missouri
Pornatine C Waldron Son-in-law M 39 New Jersey
Gertrude E Waldron Daughter F 28 Iowa
Neva A Waldron Granddaughter F 11 Missouri
James G Waldron Grandson M 9 Missouri
Benjamin C Waldron Grandson M 6 Kansas
Francis C Waldron Granddaughter F 4 Kansas
Nora P Waldron Granddaughter F 0 Missouri
Samuel Parish Male 65 Married White Yes Yes Head Rent 1855 North Carolina United States United States 8
Katherine Parish Female 44 Married White Yes Yes Wife 1876 Scotland Scotland Scotland A 8
Arthur C Parish Male 14 Single White Yes Yes Son 1906 Missouri North Carolina Scotland A 8
Pornatine C Waldron Male 39 Married White Yes Yes Son-in-law 1881 New Jersey Pennsylvania New Jersey A 8
Gertrude E Waldron Female 28 Married White Yes Yes Daughter 1892 Iowa North Carolina Scotland A 8
Neva A Waldron Female 11 Single White Yes Yes Granddaughter 1909 Missouri New Jersey Iowa A 8
James G Waldron Male 9 Single White Yes Yes Grandson 1911 Missouri New Jersey Iowa A 8
Benjamin C Waldron Male 6 Single White Grandson 1914 Kansas New Jersey Iowa A 8
Francis C Waldron Female 4 Single White Granddaughter 1916 Kansas New Jersey Iowa A 8
Nora P Waldron Female 0 Single White Granddaughter 1920 Missouri New Jersey Iowa A 8


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Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
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