In Memoriam
33rd Armored Engineer Battalion
Deaths in Europe
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This page contains the photographs of members of 33rd Armored Engineer Bn who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 33rd Armored Engineer Bn overseas deaths, click here.

Spare a minute
to think
of the young who didn't grow up,
and how young they looked when they died,
and how no one will ever remember them looking tired and middle-aged
or even be bored by tiresome recitals of the time of their youth.

- - - - Russell Baker "How to Observe Dec. 7" (NY Times, Dec. 1965)

Please Help to Tell These Men's Stories and Preserve Their Memory!

PLEASE contact Wesley Johnston at the address below if you have any information on any 33rd Armored Engineer Bn man who died overseas (see the complete list), such as:

  • photos
  • information on any of these men's deaths
  • information on what platoon and squad they were in
  • know of any men who died but are not on the list
  • Wesley Johnston
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    So they will not be “Forgot”
    There is a word
    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 runs the breathless sun,
    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

    A Note for the Children of these Men

    The American World War II Orphans Network (AWON) is an organization created by and for those who lost their father in World War II. AWON has an annual conference and a newsletter filled with useful information. Click here to go to the AWON web page and find those who share your experience.

    If you have a better quality photo of any of these men, please contact me.

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    This page contains only those men for whom I have photographs.
    For the complete list of all 33rd Armored Engineer Bn overseas deaths, click here.

    Pvt. John William Bourdelais (31 423 766) - Company B
    Died October 20, 1944 of wounds suffered same day in vicinity (probably on road south of) Griendtsveen, Netherlands - Age: 19y 3m 16d
    MOS: 121 (Utility Repairman) - Home Andover, MA - Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; North Andover, MA
    Photo thanks to great niece Joyce Davison
    Click on photo to see full image.

    Pvt. Belmont Davenport (36 894 333) - Company B
    KIA December 21, 1944 at Neundorf, Belgium - Age: 38y 4m 24d
    MOS: 521 (Basic) - Home Town: Howell, MI - Buried at Lakeview Cemetery; Howell, MI
    Photo thanks to grandson Steven Davenport

    Cpl. Justice Call Dulaney (33 133 470) - Company C
    KIA September 19, 1944 at Sillegny, France - Age: 24y 8m 30d
    MOS: 653 (Squad Leader) - Home Town: Peola Mills, VA - Buried at Hamm, Luxembourg US Military Cemetery Section H, Row 2, Grave 54
    Photo from World War II Registry web site thanks to 1st cousin Mrs. Marion R. Homza

    Pfc. Rocco J. Rossi (32 949 555) - Company C
    KIA November 30, 1944 in the vicinity of Gereonsweiler, Germany - Age: about 20y (birth year 1924)
    MOS: 521 (Basic) - Home Town: Camden County, NJ - Buried at Margraten, Netherlands US Military Cemetery Section H, Row 4, Grave 7
    Photo thanks to Phil Cohen on whose Camden, NJ WWII War Dead web site Rocco Rossi is memorialized
    He is also memorialized on the Allied WWII Casualties in the Netherlands Remembered web site
    Rocco Rossi was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions 30 November 1944. I do not have the detailed citation, but here is the 33 AEB After Action Report for that date:
    Near the close of the period the 40th Tank Battalion was attached to a regimental combat team of the 84th Infantry Division for an operation against Linnich and Beeck, Germany from the vicinity of Gereonsweiler. Company "C" was included in the task force to provide engineer assistance in crossing a known anti-tank ditch and for any other engineer work needed. The operation was conducted on 30 November. Tanks passed through the obstacle successfully after gaps were located and swept for mines.

    T/5 Chester Paul Seitz (36 054 059) - Company A
    KIA December 22, 1944 probably at road block 500 yards N of Rodt, Belgium (on a line centering on 811-896) - remains recovered at 803-907, 1.8 miles NE of Rodt - Age: 30y 1m 21d
    MOS: 245 - Home Town: Belleville, IL - Buried at Henri-Chapelle, Belgium US Military Cemetery Section E, Row 12, Grave 9
    Photo thanks to grandson Gary Seitz

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