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17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War 2

Technical Corporal Paul J. Ouellette

The story of Technical Corporal Paul J. Ouellette

 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Division,
Able or Baker Company
Army Serial Number 31004436

Potrait of 17th Engineer Technical Corporal Paul Ouellette 1941 at Basic training (Courtesy Ryan C Miller)

Born: 27 May 1914
Deceased: 02 August 1998


May 1914

Birth document, 17th Engineer Paul J Ouellette

 
Name: Paul J. Ouellette
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 27 May 1914
Event Place: Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts
Gender: M
Father’s Name: Paul Ouellette
Mother’s Name: Marie Lafrance

US Sensus 1920

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Paul Ouellette Head M 39 Canada
Mary Ouellette Wife F 35 Canada
Yvonne Ouellette Daughter F 15 Canada
Irene Ouellette Daughter F 12 Massachusetts
Alix Ouellette Son M 11 Massachusetts
Omer Ouellette Son M 9 Massachusetts
Adjutor Ouellette Son M 7 Massachusetts
Paul Ouellette Son M 5 Massachusetts
Albert Ouellette Son M 2 Massachusetts
Rita Ouellette Daughter F 0 Massachusetts

 


US Sensus 1940 

US Sensus 1940

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Mary Ouellette Head F 54 Canada
Paul Ouellette Son M 25 Massachusetts
Albert Ouellette Son M 22 Massachusetts
Rita Ouellette Daughter F 21 Massachusetts
Rene Ouellette Son M 17 Massachusetts

Paul J Ouellette was a workman in a Hat factury. 

  Paul Ouellette   Male 25 Single White Son Massachusetts 1915
  Albert Ouellette   Male 22 Single White Son Massachusetts 1918 Same Place
  Rita Ouellette   Female 21 Single White Daughter Massachusetts 1919 Same Place
  Rene Ouellette   Male 17 Single White Son Massachusetts 1923 Same Place

 


January 1941 Enslistment Record

 
Name: Paul J Ouellette
Name (Original): OUELLETTE PAUL J
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 09 Jan 1941
Term of Enlistment: One year enlistment
Event Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1914
Birthplace: MASSACHUSETTS
Education Level: Grammar school
Civilian Occupation: Unskilled occupations in manufacture of hats and caps, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 31004436
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 03823.103

 

Potrait of 17th Engineer Technical Corporal Paul Ouellette 1941 at Basic training (Courtesy Ryan C Miller)


September 1941

Enterd service Army tank corps september 1941, trained at Fort Benning GA.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller) 


1942/ 1943 

He was in the battle of Africa in Tunisia.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


Mid 1943

He was in the battle of Sicily.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


End 1943

He was sent to England at the end of 1943.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


June 1944

He was in the Invasion in Normandy France, 1944.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


December 1944 – june 1945

He fought in the Battle of Belgium and Germany.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


July 1945

He ended in Berlin 1945 with the Armored Division. He was Honor Guard to the President of the United States in 15 july 1945 Harry S Truman.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


September 1945

Discharged september 1945.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


Brother of Paul J in active service:  Albert J Ouellette with the 82nd Airborne Division

Potrait of Albert J Ouellette (left) and unknown paratrooper Sergeant (right), 82nd Airborne Division, probably Italy 1943 (courtesy Ryan C Miller)

Albert J enterd army paratroopers 1942 and returned wounded over Italy 1943.
Returned to Camp Virginia May 1944. Was medical discharged on december 14, 1944.

(Source: told by family. Provided by Ryan C Miller)


February 1998 Deceased

Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003

Name: Paul Ouellette
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 2 Aug 1998
Event Place: Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Event Place (Original): Fall River, Massachusetts
Birth Date: 27 May 1914
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Certificate Number: 041204

Burail

Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall RiverBristol CountyMassachusetts, USA


Research and written by Martijn Brandjes 2019. Many thanks to Ryan C Miller for providing the information.