17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Raymond V Larkin - Roll of Honor

Raymond V Larkin

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company E Rank: PrivateBorn: 01/05/1924
Foto van Raymond V Larkin

Biografische informatie

 Location grave Private Raymond V. Larkin at the  Native Cemetary Orchard Park, Erie County, New York:

Headstone Raymond V. Larkin 6-15-1944

Headstone Raymond V. Larkin 6-15-1944

Where was  Private Raymond V. Larkin killed in action?

Phase: Normandy Campaign

The Allied operations in France were planned and executed in three phases. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted to establish a beachhead on the continent, build up the forces and then break through into the Brittany-Normandy area. The final step was to be a pursuit on a broad front. The major emphasis was placed on the left flank, while the right joined Allied forces moving northward from southern France. The 2d Armored Division, the first armored division to land on the continent, was to have a major role in executing all parts of this plan. The combat commands were structured so that maximum firepower could be brought quickly ashore. Genneral Maurice Rose’s Combat Command A had the 66th Armored Regiment as the basis of its command. In addition Rose had the 82d Reconnaissance Battalion, two battalions of the 41st Armored Infantry, the 14th and 92d Armored Artillery Battalions, battalion headquarters and Company A of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, Company A of the Maintenance Battalion, Company A, 48th Medical Battalion, and a detachment of the Supply Battalion.

The Allies began to build up supplies and troops for the breakout and for carrying the fight to the Nazis. The division’s tank and infantry regiments and reconnaissance battalions sent patrols to make contact via) the enemy and if possible to capture some prisoners.
On June 12, after being ashore for five days, V Corps reported that even though they had encountered no tanks, the reconnaissance battalion of the German I 7th SS Panzer Division was fighting on their front. Almost simultaneously with the initial landings, the 2nd Armored was called on to assist some of the landing forces. V Corps called for two armored infantry companies to be sent to the 29th Infantry Division to secure the bridgehead near Auxilie sur Mer.

The Germans attacked the 101st Airborne, which had few, if any, heavy weapons to stop a tank attack. General Bradley ordered the 2d Armored Division to send a task force of one tank battalion and one infantry battalion to secure the bridgehead at Isigny. Protected by fire from three American battleships, the USS Texas, Arkansas and Nevada, patrols began scouting the route. Before the troops could be committed to action, their mission was changed and they were sent to support the 101st Airborne.

The attack of the 2d Armored Division was in the bocage, or hedgerow, country. It was the only type of action for which the division had not trained at Fort Benning, during the maneuvers or in North Africa and Sicily. The countryside was dotted with small fields surrounded by thick hedgerows, sunken roads and many intersections. It was premium defensive country, placing an added burden on the attacker. The 17th Engineers Tandozers were being used to penetrate the hedgerows. Colonel Rose sent his reconnaissance forces to scout the route to Carentan. They encountered elements of the German 12th SS Panzer Division and a few Tiger tanks. General Collier and the lead elements of Combat Command A raced into Carentan, joined with the 101st Airborne Division and assaulted the German 17th SS Panzer Division.

(Source 2nd Armored Unit Division History, Hell on Wheels 1977.)


From England, Tidworth Barracks, coming across the channel in LST’s (Landing Ship Tank) the trip was unforgettable in the vast numbers of ships of all types which composed the invasion armada and the large number of plnes flying overhead. Landing at Omaha “Red” Beach, in the vicinity of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, the first of the Bn. to reach France was Company ”A” on 9 june, followed by Co (Company) ”D” the next day, and Hq Co, Co, ”C”.

On 13 June Co. ”A” and a detachment of Co. ”E” supported the attack of Combat Command ”A” near Carentan. A flamethrower party was furnished 3/41, and the tank dozer was used considerable in making paths through hedgerows for tank advance. The entire company was employed in mine sweeping operations and in holding defensive positions. Enemy Artillery fire killed Pvt John Hoffman, and Francis Bonitatibus, Company ”A”, and Pvt Raymond V. Larking Co. ”E” on 15 June, the first casualties of the Bn on the continent. The force returned to the vicinity of La Mine 17 June after the very successful operation which had prevented our beach-head from being cut in half.

(source: 17th Armored Engineer Battalion Unit History)

HQ CCA 1 june - 30 june 1944 -Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library

HQ CCA 1 june – 30 june 1944 -Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library


Location where Private Raymond V. Larkin was killed in action :

Carentan, Normandy, France

Temporary grave at La Cambe, Normandy, France

Headstone Application Card Private Raymond V. Larkin

Headstone Application Raymond V. Larkin

Headstone Application Raymond V. Larkin

Official Deathlist

Raymond V Larkin - Erie County - New York- Deathlist

Raymond V Larkin – Erie County – New York- Deathlist


The location of the house in the year where  Raymond V. Larkin lived with the family, as a 6 year old boy:
Adress: 465 E and West Road West Seneca, NY 14224 United States


US Sensus 1930

Raymond Larkin

United States Census, 1930
Name Raymond Larkin
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place West Seneca, Erie, New York, 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) 1924
Birthplace New York
Father’s Birthplace New York
Mother’s Birthplace New York
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 21
Ralph Larkin Head M 34 New York
Catherine Larkin Wife F 34 New York
Raymond Larkin Son M 6 New York
Ralph Larkin Jr. Son M 4 New York
Victor Larkin Son M 2 New York
Mary Jane Larkin Daughter M 0 New York
John Kane M 15 Massachusetts
 Ralph Larkin Sr Male 34 Married White Head 1896  New York New York New York
Catherine Larkin Female 34 Married White Wife 1896 New York New York New York A 21
Raymond Larkin Male 6 Single White Son 1924 New York New York New York A 21
Ralph Larkin Jr. Jr Male 4 Single White Son 1926 New York New York New York A 21
Victor Larkin Male 2 Single White Son 1928 New York New York New York A 21
Mary Jane Larkin Male 0 Single White Daughter 1930 New York New York New York A 21
John Kane Male 15 Single White 1915 Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts A 21


Enlistment details

Raymond V Larkin

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Raymond V Larkin
Name (Original) LARKIN RAYMOND V
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 05 Jan 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 Buffalo, New York, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1924
Birthplace NEW YORK
Education Level 3 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Tinsmiths, coppersmiths, and sheet metal workers
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA



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