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.
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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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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
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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
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