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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

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Ralph Blevins

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company Unknown Rank: Staff SergeantBorn: 1924 (?), place: Winfield, Scott County, Tennessee, USA

Awards and Citations: Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
Enlisted: 7/03/1943
Deceased: 10/7/1944 DOW (Died Of Wounds)
Location:
Ubach/ Palenberg, Germany
Hometown: Tennessee
Army Serial Number: 7085616
Burial: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Henri-Chapelle
Arrondissement de Verviers
Liège, Belgium
Plot: A row 8 grave 26
GPS (lat/lon): 50°41’50.9″N 5°53’59.1″E

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Biografische informatie

Location grave: Ssgt Ralph Blevins

Gravestone Ralph Blevins

Gravestone Ralph Blevins

Gravestone Ralph Blevins

Gravestone Ralph Blevins

 


Where was Staffsergeant Ralph Blevins fatally wounded in action?

Because we do not know in wich company Ralph Blevins served, it is impossible to analyse the correct location where he might have died.
But we do know where the 17th Engineers were located around 7th of October in 1944.

The 2nd Armored Division was active on the Rhineland Campaign, at the 2nd phase, called “Breeching the Siegfriedline”.
The companys from the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion were assigned to different Combat Commands, A, B ,C and D, between the 3rd and 7th October they were located at the Palenberg -Ubach area in Germany.
On 3  October the tanks with the Company “C” 17th Engineers moved from Palenberg to Ubach and advanced to the North to capture Pillboxes, Command Posts were set up in the neutralized pillboxes. During this time the heaviest enemy artillery  and mortar fire yet experienced was coming in, naturally resulted in casualties and slaughterd animals.
On 5 October Company “B” moved with the main body through the east of Ubach, destroying numerous enemy weapons and using tankdozer to cover pillboxes.
Engineer platoons set up minefields in forward locations, wire- an boobytraps at the forward tankpositions. Company A moved with CC “A” into the area near Ubach on October 7 and some platoons went with the forward tanks into the frontlines. Remaining platoons checked roads for mines, none were found until 10th of October.

(Source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History)

Summary

Ssgt Ralph Blevins was killed during an active period for the Engineers, with intermitted small arms fire, heavy artillery- and mortar fire and fighting on enemy pillboxes, we can only assume that this was were he was mortally wounded, he eventually Died of Wounds (DOW).

 


Newspaper mentioning the death of Staffsergeant Ralph Blevins

BLEVINS, RALPH, Staff Sgt. – Winfield – Mrs. CARL SMITH received word that her son, Staff Sgt. RALPH BLEVINS was killed in action in Germany Oct. 8th.  (Source:  Scott County News, 17 Nov 1944, p5)

(Source:  Scott County News, 17 Nov 1944, p5) (note: The the real date of Death was October 7th, not the 8th)

 


Official Casualtylist

Deathlist Blevins Ralph detail

Deathlist Blevins Ralph

Deathlist Blevins Ralph

Deathlist Blevins Ralph


Headstone Application Card

Ralph-Blevins Card Headstone

Ralph-Blevins Card Headstone


Location (supposably) where Staffsergeant Ralph Blevins died:


Enlistment details

Race: White
Birth: 1924(?), Winfield, Scott County, Tennessee, USA
Residence: Tennessee
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Civilian Occupation: Unknown
Marital Status: Unmarried
Education: Unknown
Citizenship: Unknown
Rank: Unknown
Enlistment location: Tennessee
Enlistment: 7/03/1943
Enlistment Term: Unknown

 


Family

Father:

Rev John Wheeler Blevins

BIRTH
DEATH 14 Dec 1979 (aged 79)

Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee, USA
BURIAL
Chitwood Cemetery

WinfieldScott CountyTennesseeUS

Mother:

Ruby Lee Crabtree Smith

BIRTH

Winfield, Scott County, Tennessee, USA
DEATH 3 Apr 1996 (aged 92)

Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee, USA
BURIAL
Chitwood Cemetery

WinfieldScott CountyTennesseeUSA

Stephfather:

Carl Smith

BIRTH
DEATH 7 May 1978 (aged 71)
BURIAL
Chitwood Cemetery

WinfieldScott CountyTennesseeUSA

(They married on 15 Feb 1919.) 

 

Ralph with his Mother Ruby and Stephfather Carl Wheeler. This picture was taken the day before he left for war.

Ralph with his Mother Ruby Lee Crabtree Smith and Stephfather Carl Smith. This picture was taken the day before he left for war.

Ralph Blevins with his sister in law, Virginia.

Ralph Blevins with his sister in law, Virginia.

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Research © by: Moos Raaijmakers & Martijn Brandjes
Text © by: Martijn Brandjes
Photos © by: Relatives of Ralph Blevins: Linda Blevins Figgers

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