17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Lloyd D Sublett - Roll of Honor

Lloyd D Sublett

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: PrivateBorn: 1913
Foto van Lloyd D Sublett

Biografische informatie

Location grave Private LLoyd D. Sublett  at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial:

Headstone Sublett

Headstone Sublett


Where was Private LLoyd D. Sublett killed in action?

Phase: The Sicilian Campaign

Company A:

Co. “A” was ordered to report all available men and vehicles to the CO, 41st AIR on the Canicatti road. When contact was made after dark, the mission assigned was to occupy the high ground en the north side of the pass two miles from Canicatti, the south side being held by the 3rd Bn, 41st . Fire from troops on right of the pass was received moving up, and enemy machine gun and small arms fire prevented the Platoons from occupying the high ridges. Two men were wounded. Early the next morning the 2nd Platoon blocked the pass with a minefield against an expected counterattack, and the Engrs remained with the Infantry to cover the field with fire. No action took place.

During that afternoon, 12 July, Canicatti was attacked and taken, one squad of Engrs following to gap any minefields encountered and the remainder of the company occupied the high ground south of the pass. The following morning, the company recovered its two squads from the 82nd Rcn and worked with the Combat Command reserve (1/66) out posting tanks in the vicinity of Naro.

That afternoon the company followed that Combat Command as it pulled back to a reserve position near Campobello. On 15 July the bridge Platoon arrived from Africa, The Engr Platoons maintained security patrols until 13 July, when orders were received to precede the division to the river two miles west of Siculiana and prepare a crossing by 0500 the next morning. Marching 50 miles that night, the site was reached at 0200 where it was found that the 82nd Airborne Div Engineers had railroad tunnel on the bypass; the job being completed at 0400, An additional crossing was prepared by using two bull dozers, and in the afternoon the platoons moved back to a bivouac area south of Agrigento. The bridge Platoon reverted to Division Trains. – Several mines were cleared and tank traps filled by the 2ndPlatoon that day in Porto Empedocle.

Source: Unit History 17th Armored Engineer Battalion

Company B:

The men on the ship “Oriz Arba” arrived at Gela, Sicily at 0400, 10 July, with CC. “B” in an area four miles northeast of Gela. There the force was counterattacked by approximately 35 German tanks at 1000, and in the fighting that followed some of the enemy armor reached positions within 400 yards of the Engr Company. However, 12 of the enemy tanks were destroyed and the enemy pushed back. There were numerous enemy bombing and strafing attacks throughout the day. During the evening of 11 July the 3rd Platoon came ashore, and throughout the night paratroopers landed in the bivouac area.

The 3rd Platoon placed a minefield on the forces east flank 12 July, where another tank battle was witnessed. Five Mark VI and two Mk IV tanks were knocked out in this operation against about an equal loss of our medium tanks. The 2nd Platoon went out to demolish the knocked-out tanks, but were driven back by artillery fire.

On 13 July the remainder of the company vehicles came ashore and the 3rd Platoon joined a Ranger Battalion and cleared six minefields on the road to Butera, searching several miles of road. The following day the 1st Platoon re-laid a minefield en the east flank, and the 2nd Platoon joined the 3rd Platoon in clearing the roads near Butera.

Source: Unit History 17th Armored Engineer Battalion


It is not clear what Company Private Lloyd D Sublett served in, as can be read above both the Companies were in action in the Combat Commands and during these action Private Lloyd D Sublett got Killed in Action.

Location where Private LLoyd D. Sublett  was killed in action:

Company A:

Company B:

Official casualty list, Fresno California San Joaquin County


The location of the house in the year where Private LLoyd D. Sublett lived with the family, as a 6  year old :

Adress: 12th Street, Merced County, California, United States

US Sensus 1920

Loyd Sublett

United States Census, 1920
Name Loyd Sublett
Event Type Census
Event Date 1920
Event Place Merced, Merced, California, United States
Gender Male
Age 6
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1914
Birthplace California
Father’s Birthplace Kentucky
Mother’s Birthplace Texas
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 6


Roy Sublett Head M 31 Kentucky
Artie Sublett Wife F 30 Texas
Elsie Sublett Daughter F 10 Texas
Lorene Sublett Daughter F 9 California
Loyd Sublett Son M 6 California
Ethelee Sublett Daughter F 3 California
Viola Sublett Daughter F 0 California




b 21 APR 1928 North Platte County, Nebraska, USA
d 11 APR 1964 Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, USA
Military Service 05 JUN 1917

 MOTHER: Artie Vercile HOWARD
b. 16 SEP 1887, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
d. 6 MAY 1959, Napa, Napa, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)


1. Beatrice Elsie SUBLETT
b. 13 JUN 1909, Capps County, Texas, USA
d. 26 DEC 2009, Merced County, California, USA    (Age 100 years)

2. Lorene B. SUBLETT
b. 08 MAY 1911, Merced, Merced, California, USA
d. 30 MAY 2000, Cisco, Eastland, Texas, USA    (Age 89 years)

3. Lloyd D. SUBLETT
b. 1914, California, USA
d. 13 JUL 1943, Gela, Sicily    (Age 29 years)

4. Athalee Jane SUBLETT
b. 08 OCT 1916, Merced County, California, USA
d. 29 AUG 2003, Paradise, Butte, California, USA    (Age 86 years)

5. Viola SUBLETT
b. 1920, California, USA

Enlistment details

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records

Name Lloyd D Sublett
Name (Original) SUBLETT LLOYD D
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 15 Dec 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 Fresno, California, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1913
Education Level Grammar school
Civilian Occupation Semiskilled routemen
Marital Status Married
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference Civil Life
Serial Number 39690506




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