17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Lawrence P Woodside - Roll of Honor

Lawrence P Woodside

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 1911
Foto van Lawrence P Woodside

Biografische informatie

Pvt Lawrence P Woodside

Pvt Lawrence P Woodside

Pvt Lawrence P Woodside

Pvt Lawrence P Woodside

Location grave Private Lawrence P Woodside at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial:


Where was Private Lawrence P Woodside killed in action?

Phase: Phase II – Western France

The division pulled south of Barenton to reassemble for the next operation during 16 and 17 August. The Battalion moved out again on 18 August Co. ”A” with CC ”A”, Co. ”B” with CC ”B”, Co. ”D” with the 82nd Rcn, Co. ”E” with Div Tns, and Co. ”C” attached to the remainder of the Bn. under Divisional Reserve. The advance led through Domfront, Sees, Verneuil and on to Elbeuf where there was tough fighting 22 to 26 August. Co. ”D” in skirmishes while out obtaining information about enemy dispositions took 12 prisoners.

Three treadway bridges were built, one by Co. ”A”, one by Co. ”E”, and one by the Rcn Platoon, to support the advance. Co. ”C” worked with the 99th Inf. Bn. and the 702nd TDs. in setting up road blocks at the towns where the column bivouacked. However, most of the troops were engaged in the long marches, from one orchard bivouac to the other, where the first soldiers to arrive could get wine and eggs with the exchange of handbook French and a GI smile.

(source: 17th Armored unit History)

Route during the peroid 22nd – 26th August 1944


17th Armored Engineer Battalion during this phase:

17th Armored Engineer Battalion assinged to Combat Command A with:
– Company A, C, Detachment Company E

17th Armored Engineer Battalion assinged to Combat Command B with:
– Company B Detachment Company E



—–On August 8, the division moved along two routes, with Command A on the south and Combat Command B on the north. After spending the first night at Sees. they then proceeded to assembly areas about five miles from Nlortagne-au-Perche, covering ninety-nine miles in two days. While passing through Sees, the division halted to permit the 2d Armored Protoge (French armored division) to pass on its way to attack and later capture Paris. In their new assembly area. the Hell-on-Wheelers sent out patrols to make contact with the enemy, but none was located. The division prepared to launch attacks northward to seize crossings over the Seine and to prevent the Germans using them to escape back to their lines . XIX Corps on the left of the Eure River, with X Ny Corps on the right, planned to attack northward. capturing the Seine crossings at Elbeuf. The attack, to be led by the 113th Cavalry Group and the 30th Infantry Division, was to be followed rapidly by the 2d Armored and 28th Infantry Divisions. The leading divisions were ordered to bypass towns for the following infantry to clear. The attack was launched on August 20. at 8:00 A.M., with combat commands abreast: Combat Command on the right and Combat Command B on the left. Initially division reserve followed Combat Command B. Instead of leading with an infantry division sup-porting the 113th Cavalry Group. the formation was the same as in the first exercise in the Louisiana maneuvers. The 2nd Armored was in the center, with the 28th Infantry on the left flank and the 30th Infantry on the right flank.—-

22nd and 23th of august 1944

Collier had Com. hat Command A in two columns. The left one cut the road between Le Neubourg and Elbeuf. preventing the Germans’ using it to get their re-treatino forces to the crossings on the Seine. The other column moved to about a mile south of Elbeuf where it encountered dug-in tanks and antitank gun fire. The command stopped consolidated their positions and planned to assault the town the next day. Combat Command B, attacking in the left portion of the division zone cut the Conches-Le Neubourg road and the Le Neubourg-Iniville road. The 3d Battalion. 67th Armor, while moving to cut the road from Iniville encountered heavy tank fire and quickly lost three tanks cleverly hidden German tank. The battalion pulled back, deployed for action and called for tank destroyers and a heavy artillery barrage heir clean out the enemy. T During the day, Combat Command B. had isolated the town of Elbeuf, while Combat Command A moved forward to attack Elbeuf the following day.

24th of august 1944

—During the night a light rain began falling, and the Luftwaffe, apparently trying to aid their trapped forces, sent bombers to attack Elbeuf.  From the 2d Armored’s point of view, the attack was a success because the bombers again missed the Americans and hit the German positions. The amount of damage and casualties was unknown, but thought to be extensive. At 8:00 A.M. Collier began the attack to capture the crossings over the Seine River at Elbeuf. One column moving along the Le Neubourg-Elheuf highway met minimal resistance, while the column that had reached a point about a mile south of town the previous evening encountered almost impossible terrain, made even worse by the rain, strongly dug-in tanks and antitank guns supported by artillery. The attackers reached the outskirts of the town but suspended further action. Pending the arrival of reinforcements. Combat Command B had been ordered to attack from the southwest to support the advance of Combat Command A. The 3d Battalion, 67th Armor, encountered enemy fire about a mile south of their objective of Tour la Champagne. The commander sent scouts ahead to find the location of the enemy guns and to determine if the town were defended. The attack order was given, and about 3:30 P.m. Americans entered the town against slight resistance. Enemy opposition was beginning to fade in spite of the defense offered at Elbeuf. The Germans were more interested in retreating than defending the crossing sites. At 11:00 P.M., Combat Command A re-newed its attack with the intent of clearing the town and securing the river crossings. With three columns advancing, Collier had his forces in the city by nightfall and was prepared to continue the attack the following morning. All day the men had endured artillery, mortar, antitank and nebelwerfer fire which, while slowing them down, did not stop their assault. During the fight, the 82d Reconnaissance Battalion had captured several Germans who stated that their mission was to hold the Americans south of town while the bulk of the retreating Germans crossed the river.

Source: Book: Hell on Wheels, the 2nd Armored Division by Donald E Houston, 1977.


It seems that Private Lawrence P Woodside was part of CCA or CCB, there is no information on what his Company was. As can be read above on the day that Private Lawrence P Woodside was killed the mission was tot capture the crossing over the Seine River at Elbeuf. During the attacks at 08:00, 3.:30 and 11.00 p.m. the man were harrassed with artillery, mortar, antitank and nebelwerfer fire and that could be how Private Lawrence P Woodside was Killed in Action.


Location where Private Lawrence P Woodside  was killed in actions on the 24th of august 1944:


Temporary grave

Lawrence P Woodside Temporary Grave

Lawrence P Woodside Temporary Grave


Official casualty list

Official deathlist Williams County WOODSIDE LAWRENCE P

Official deathlist Williams County WOODSIDE LAWRENCE P

Official deathlist Williams County WOODSIDE LAWRENCE P

Official deathlist Williams County WOODSIDE LAWRENCE P


The location of the street in the year 1930 where Private Lawrence P Woodside  lived with the family, as an 11 year old boy:
Adress: Tallman Street, Alamo, ND 58830 United States

US Sensus 1930

Lawrense Woodside


Name: Lawrense Woodside
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Wildrose, Williams, North Dakota, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Birthplace: North Dakota
Father’s Birthplace: Illinois
Mother’s Birthplace: Wisconsin
Sheet Letter: A
Sheet Number: 2


Alvin Woodside Male Male 49 Married White Head 1881 Illinois Illinois Illinois 2
Bertha Woodside Female 44 Married White Wife 1886 Wisconsin Germany Ohio A 2
Lawrense Woodside Male 20 Single White Son 1910 North Dakota Illinois Wisconsin A 2
Margeret Woodside Female 18 Single White Daughter 1912 North Dakota Illinois Wisconsin A 2
Ruth Woodside Female 15 Single White Daughter 1915 North Dakota Illinois Wisconsin A 2
Flora Woodside Female 13 Single White Daughter 1917 North Dakota Illinois Wisconsin A 2
Norma Woodside Female 12 Single White Daughter 1918 North Dakota Illinois Wisconsin A 2


US Sensus 1930

Alfin Woodside Head M 38 Illinois
Bertha Woodside Wife F 33 Wisconsin
Mable Woodside Daughter F 12 North Dakota
Lorance Woodside Son M 10 North Dakota
Margret Woodside Daughter F 8 North Dakota
Ruth Woodside Daughter F 5 North Dakota
Flora Woodside Daughter F 3 North Dakota
Norma Woodside Daughter F 2 North Dakota


Enlistment details

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Lawrence P Woodside
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 21 Feb 1941
Event Place Spokane, Washington, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1910
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Semiskilled miners, and mining-machine operators
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)




Research © by: Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
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