This page contains the photographs of members of 17th Tank Bn who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 17th Tank Bn overseas deaths, click here.
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Which bears a sword
It hurls its barbed syllables,—
At once is mute again.
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted brother
Gave his breath away.
Wherever roams the day,
There is its noiseless onset,
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
The most accomplished shot!
Time’s sublimest target
Is a soul “forgot”!
----- Emily Dickinson
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T/5 Bertram S. Butz (36 053 766) - Headquarters Company, Assault Gun Platoon
KIA October 28, 1944 in vicinity of Neerkant, Netherlands - Age: 27y 4m 26d
MOS: 736 (tank driver) - Home Town: Belleville, IL - Buried at Greenmount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville, IL
Photo provided by Niece Pat Merriman's husband Joe
2d Lt Charles E. Fairweather (O-1 019 188; entered service 25 Nov 1940 as 20 620 662) - Company D
KIA August 18, 1944 at Ramobuillet, France - Age: 24y 4m 14d
MOS: 1203 (Tank Officer) - Home Town: Waverly, IL - Buried at Normandy USMC (Coourville-sur-Mer, France) B-12-17; also has commemorative head stone at the Waverly East Cemetery in Waverly, IL
Photo thanks to brother Delbert Fairweather via Francoise Winieska (author of "August 1944: The Liberation of Rambouillet, France")
Pvt. Aloysius James McLean, Jr. (36 042 935) - Company A
Died as POW January 31, 1945 1-2 miles west of Stalag III-C, nearing what is now Szumilowo, Poland, after capture October 4, 1944 between two woods west of Kijkuit and north of Castle Hattert, east of Overloon, Netherlands - Age: 25y 6m 20d
MOS: 604 (Light Machine Gunner) - Home Town: Morrisonville, IL - Has never been recovered and identified: Memorialized on Tablets of Missing at Netherlands US Military Cemetery (Margraten)
Photo provided by Nephew Peter Millburg
Pvt. Eulys Francis Slate (39 417 088) - Headquarters Company, Assualt Gun Platoon
KIA December 20, 1944 at Samrée, Belgium - Age: 19y 11m 9d
MOS: 504 (Ammunition Handler) - Home Town: Lindsay, CA - Has never been recovered and identified: Memorialized at Ardennes USMC (Neupré-en-Condroz, Belgium) Wall of the Missing
Photo provided by Nephew Michael Haynes
Pvt. Charles E. Wawrzyniak (35 111 736) - Company A
Died October 4, 1944 as POW of wounds suffered October 4, 1944 at Overloon, Netherlands - Age: ??y ??m ??d
MOS: (Cannoneer) - Home Town: Whiting, IN - Buried at Ardennes USMC (Neupré-en-Condroz, Belgium) D-9-11
Photo provided by Joost Evertson of Utrecht, Netherlands
S/Sgt. Robert Dukes West (6 345 808) - Company A
KIA September 18, 1944 at Sillegny, France - Age: 35y 7m 3d
MOS: (Tank Commander) - Home Town: Muscogee County, GA - Has never been recovered and identified: Memorialized at the Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France)
Photo provided by daughter Anne Anthony. Click here for her web page about him.