17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

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Rufus Edwin Davis

Unit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: SergeantBorn: 10/12/1917

Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Enlisted: Unknown
Deceased: 13/08/1944 DOW (Died of Wounds)
Location: France, Normandy, Saint-Sever-Calvados
Hometown: Election Precinct 29 Alabama City, Etowah, Alabama, United States

Army Serial Number: 6396534
Burial: Mount Zion Cemetery Smiths Station, Lee County, Alabama, USA
Plot:
GPS (lat/lon): 32°32’39.3″N 85°06’50.6″W

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Biografische informatie

Headstone Rufus E Davis 17th Armored Engineer Battalion A Company

Location Grave at Mount Zion Cemetery Smiths Station, Lee County, Alabama, USA: 

 

Where has Private Rufus E Davis died of wounds?

Phase: Phase I – The “Break-Through”

All Companies were employed as infantry in the area north of Barentan 8 August until 16 August. This was one of the hottest areas yet reached. Capt. George Youngblood, CO of Co. ”D”, and a demolition squad in the face of enemy fire blew a bridge in Lonlay-l’Abbaye on 8 August which halted an enemy column and enabled its destruction by friendly airplanes, thus earning his first Silver Star Medal. His patrols also demolished two bridges near Rouellé to nights later. Meanwhile, near Barenton, Co. ”B” under Division Reserve sent its platoons in line on the West of town, and to the north .

—Companies ”C” and ”D” each built a 60 foot tread way bridge near Domfront 13 and 14 August, respectively.—

 (source: 17th Armored unit History)


On the 10th of August 1944, a Task Force consisting of the 2nd Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 1 Platoon of Company “A” 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, 2nd Battalion of 41st Armored Infantry Regiment (-1Co.), 1 Company of the 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion and a detachment from Company “A” 48th Armored Medical Battalion, attacked the town of Gathemo and east along a ridge line on the flank of the German counterattack towards Avranches. Very heavy resistance was encountered and the enemy massed heavy artillery and heavy weapons fire from anti-tank guns in a desperate effort to stop the attack of the Command. After heavy fighting, the balance of CC”A” joined the task Force on 13 August, took Ger and seized Hill 329 the next day.
(Source: http://www.3ad.com/


Summary

We know Sergeant Rufus E Davis was part of A Company, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, and that they, with all the other companys, were employed as in infantry in the area North of Barenton, Normandy France.  It could be he was part of “1 Platoon of Company “A” 17th Armored Engineer Battalion” wich was part of the TaskForce that attacked the town of Gathemo. 
Or he was was on august 13th with the rest of Company A, who took the town of Ger. 

He died of wounds, as we can read it the official death records. It is possible that he recieved these wounds a couple of days before he past away, so it is not possible to depict the exact action were he was mortally wounded. 


Location where Sergeant Rufus E Davis was when he got mortally wounded in action: 

France, Gethemo,/Ger/ Domfront. 

 


Official casualty list

Official Death Record Rufus E Davis

 

 

 

 


Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate Rufus Edwin Davis “North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922”, database,

Name: Rufus Edwin Davis
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 12 Oct 1917
Birthplace: Madison, North Carolina, United States
Birthplace (Original): Ninth, Madison, North Carolina
Father’s Name: Harry V Davis
Father’s Sex: Male
Father’s Age: 37
Father’s Birth Year (Estimated): 1880
Father’s Birthplace: N C
Father’s Race: White
Mother’s Name: Hattie Roberts (Annie Mae Roberts)
Mother’s Sex: Female
Mother’s Birthplace: N C
Mother’s Race: White
Certificate Number: 36

Digital Folder Number: 008513998
Image Number: 01345


US Census 1930 Kentucky, Bell County

Event Type: Census
Name: Rufus Davis
Sex: Male
Age: 12
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: District 8, Bell, Kentucky, United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1918
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Father’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Sheet Letter: B
Sheet Number: 3

Huishouden Rol Geslacht Leeftijd Geboorteplaats
Harry Davis Head M 49 North Carolina
Hattie Davis Wife F 33 Tennessee
Rufus Davis Son M 12 North Carolina
George Davis Son M 8 North Carolina
Lora Davis Daughter F 6 Kentucky
Jack Davis Son M 4 Kentucky
Frank Davis Cousin M 28 North Carolina

Household ID: 58
Line Number: 95
Sheet Number and Letter: 3B
Affiliate Film Number: 733
“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMDG-FBW : accessed 1 May 2021), Rufus Davis in household of Harry Davis, District 8, Bell, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 24, sheet 3B, line 95, family 58, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 733; FHL microfilm 2,340,468.


Marriage 10 juni 1942 

Name: Rufus E Davis
Sex: Male
Spouse’s Name: Lavada Mae Davis
Spouse’s Sex: Female
Marriage Date: 14 Jun 1942
Marriage Place: Election Precinct 29 Alabama City, Etowah, Alabama, United States

Digital Folder Number: 007732540
Microfilm Number: 001877322
Image Number: 00902

Name: Rufus Edwin Davis
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 12 Oct 1917
Birthplace: Madison, North Carolina, United States
Birthplace (Original): Ninth, Madison, North Carolina
Father’s Name: Harry V Davis
Father’s Sex: Male
Father’s Age: 37
Father’s Birth Year (Estimated): 1880
Father’s Birthplace: N C
Father’s Race: White
Mother’s Name: Hattie Roberts (Annie Mae) 
Mother’s Sex: Female
Mother’s Birthplace: N C
Mother’s Race: White
Certificate Number: 36

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Harry V Davis Father M 37 N C
Hattie Roberts Mother F   N C

Digital Folder Number: 008513998
Image Number: 01345

Citing this Record
“North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CZTS-1Z3Z : 5 March 2020), Rufus Edwin Davis, 1917.

Marriage License Record

 

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