17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Joseph (Giuseppe) Silvio Fumagalli - Roll of Honor

Joseph (Giuseppe) Silvio Fumagalli

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: Technician 5th GradeBorn: –/–/1923
Foto van Joseph (Giuseppe) Silvio Fumagalli

Biografische informatie

Cross TEC 5 Joseph Fumagalli at Margraten

Cross TEC 5 Joseph Fumagalli at Margraten

Location Grave Tec 5 

About Joseph Fumagalli

Joseph was born as Giuseppe (means Joseph) Silvio Fumagalli but enlisted as Joseph. He wanted to be an actor and was in contact with a New York City theater group when he was drafted in 1943. His parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1922 from Campofreddo, a small village in Italy where his brother Orazio was born. He spoke fluent Italian, English and Spanish. Joseph spoke standard Italian and English as well.

Joseph Fumagalli 10 years of age with his family

Joseph Fumagalli 10 years of age with his family

His father Francesco, was a Photographer and painter and served in WWI for Italy as a translator for the British Navy. His brother Orazio a sculptor in WWII, served in an anti-submarine sonar duty in the North Atlantic for the US Coast Guard (part of the US NAVY at times of war) even though he was not a US citizen. He obtained his citizenship several years after WWII. Orazio got the word of the death of his brother Joseph when he was serving in the North Atlantic.

Christmas Card with Jospeh Fumagalli

Christmas Card with Jospeh Fumagalli


Joseph Fumagalli With Buddy Hanlon, England

Joseph Fumagalli With Buddy Hanlon, England


Where and when Joseph Fumagalli died

Phase: The Ardennes Campaign; in rest areas 


 After action reports states on the january 19th, 1945: “17th Engr Batt. were required the construction of several treadway bridges because of the enemy’s excellent demolition work. Several of these bridges were built under observed fire, but Engr causualties were light. Mines caused other casualties, as did enemy fire to mine—clearing parties working forward”.

(Source: After action reports from December 16th, 1944 to January 24th 1945)


There were some casualties during differrenct actions, he could have been killed by mines or enemy fire to mine clearing action.
As long as we dont know wich Company he served in we cant tell more about his death.

We adopted his grave, for more information and pictures: Click here


Casualtylist Bronx County, New York

Joseph Fumagalli

Casualtylist Joseph Fumagalli

(Note: it states the rank of Private, that is the rank he started in the service, but was TEC 5th Grade when he got Killed in Action)


US Sensus 1940,  Bronx, New York City, New York, United States


US Sensus 1940, Bronx New York

US Sensus 1940, Bronx New York

Joseph Fumegalli

United States Census, 1940
Name Joseph Fumegalli
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Assembly District 7, Bronx, New York City, Bronx, New York, United States
Gender Male
Age 16
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birthplace New York
Birth Year (Estimated) 1924
Last Place of Residence Same Place
Frank Fumegalli Head M 45 Italy
Louisa Fumegalli Wife F 46 Italy
Drazio Fumegalli Son M 19 Italy
Joseph Fumegalli Son M 16 New York
Remiga Fumegalli Daughter F 15 New York


  Frank Fumagalli   Male 45 Married White Head Italy 1895
  Louisa Fumagalli   Female 46 Married White Wife Italy 1894 Same Place
  Orazio Fumagalli   Male 19 Single White Son Italy 1921 Same Place
  Joseph Fumagalli   Male 16 Single White Son New York 1924 Same Place
  Remiga Fumagalli   Female 15 Single White Daughter New York 1925 Same Place

Where did Joseph Fumagalli live as a 16 year old son in the year 1940 with his family? 

Adress: 608 West, 189th Street, New York City, New York, United States



Enlistment details:

Joseph Fumagalli

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Joseph Fumagalli
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 23 Feb 1943
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 New York City, New York, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1923
Birthplace NEW YORK
Education Level 3 years of high school
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)

Research © by:  Ronald van Beek & Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
Photos © by: Moos Raaijmakers, Patrick van Esveld and relatives of Joseph Fumagalli

Categorieën: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div – Company Unknown