Harry BOSLOOPER

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE36586797
AGE19 yo
DATE OF BIRTH 22 October 1924
ETATMICHIGAN 
FAMILYSingle
RANKPrivate First Class
FONCTIONInfantryman 
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT NE
DATE of ENLISTEMENTFebruary 1943
COMPANYCompany
BATTALION777th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion (automatic weapons)
DIVISION 6th Armored Division 
DATE OF DEATH15 August 1944ip
STATUSDied Non Battle 
PLACE OF DEATHPlabennec (battle of  BREST) 
CEMETERY TEMPORARY

 

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Story of Cemetery Temporary 

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CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY of St James (Montjoie St Martin)

Map of St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
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DECORATION

World War II Victory Medal

 

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STORY
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Harry Boslooper’s last day

As told in a book by one of his friends

"The battery’s HQ and the 1st platoon remained in the same area and the 2nd platoon left, as ordered to the work forces. The work forces progress was very brief but at least, the impression was given that the Americans had much more strength than what they had. Given the few troops “surrounding” Brest, it probably was much luck. Late in the afternoon, our 2nd platoon went back to the trains’ area."

Just at twilight, Harry was accidentally shot down and died shortly after reaching the aid post.

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6th ARMORED DIVISION - SUPER 6th

 

Activated/Activé

 Normandy/Normandie

15 Feb 1942  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  272
   Casualties/Victimes  4 670

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

 
28 Jul 1944 at Normandy  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Maj. Gen. William H. H. Morris, Jr. (Feb 42 - May 43)
Maj. Gen. Robert W. Grow (May 43 - Apr 45)
Brig. Gen. George W. Read Jr. (Apr 45 - May 45)
Maj. Gen. Robert W. Grow (Jun 45 - Jun 45)
Brig. Gen. George W. Read, Jr. (Jul 45 - inactivation)

Campaigns/Campagnes

Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Ardennes-Alsace (16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)

   

PLAN DE ROUTE DE LA CAMPAGNE - CAMPAIGN ROUTE MAP

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DIVISION CHRONICLE


After continuing its training in England, the 6th Armored Division landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, 18 July 1944, and went on the offensive in the Cotentin Peninsula, driving through Avranches, and moving on to take part in the liberation of Brest and the clearing of the Brittany Peninsula. In mid-August the Division moved down to Lorient. The 6th then turned east and cut across France, reaching the Saar in November. It crossed the Nied River 11-12 November, against strong opposition, reaching the German border on 6 December, and established and maintained defensive positions in the vicinity of Saarbrucken. On 23 December the Division was ordered north of Metz to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, and took over a sector along the south bank of the Sauer River. The 6th was heavily engaged in the battle for Bastogne, finally driving the enemy back across the our River into Germany by late January. After a short period of rehabilitation, the Division resumed the offensive, penetrated the Siegfried Line, crossed the Prum, reached the Rhine River at Worms 21 March, and set up a counterreconnaissance screen along its west bank. The 6th crossed the Rhine at Oppenheim 25 March, drove on to Frankfurt, crossed the Main, captured BadNauheim, and continued to advance eastward, and surrounded and captured Muhlhausen 4-5 April 1945. After repulsing a light counterattack, it moved forward 60 miles to cross the Saale River and assisted in freeing Allied prisoners of war and the notorious German Concentration Camp at Buchenwald. The Division raced on, took Leipzig, crossed the Mulde River at Rochlitz 15 April 1945, and stopped, pending the arrival of the Russian Army. Defensive positions along the Mulde River were held until the end of hostilities in Europe.

CHRONIQUE DE DIVISION


Après avoir poursuivi son entraînement en Angleterre, la 6ème division blindée a atterri sur Utah Beach en Normandie, le 18 juillet 1944, et est passée à l'offensive dans la péninsule du Cotentin, traversant Avranches et participant à la libération de Brest et de la clairière. de la péninsule bretonne. À la mi-août, la division a déménagé à Lorient. Le 6ème a ensuite tourné vers l'est et traversé la France pour atteindre la Sarre en novembre. Elle a traversé la rivière Nied du 11 au 12 novembre, contre une forte opposition, atteignant la frontière allemande le 6 décembre, et a établi et maintenu des positions défensives à proximité de Sarrebruck. Le 23 décembre, la division reçoit l'ordre au nord de Metz de prendre part à la bataille des Ardennes et reprend un secteur le long de la rive sud de la rivière Sauer. Le 6 a été fortement engagé dans la bataille pour Bastogne, conduisant finalement l’ennemi à traverser la rivière vers l’Allemagne vers la fin janvier. Après une courte période de réhabilitation, la division reprend l’offensive, pénètre dans la ligne Siegfried, traverse le Prum, atteint le Rhin à Worms le 21 mars et installe un écran de contre-reconnaissance le long de sa rive ouest. Le 6 mars franchit le Rhin à Oppenheim le 25 mars, poursuivit sa route vers Francfort, traversa le Main, captura Bad Nauheim et continua d'avancer vers l'est et encercla et captura Muhlhausen les 4 et 5 avril 1945. Après avoir repoussé une contre-attaque légère, traverser la Saale et aider à libérer les prisonniers de guerre alliés et le tristement célèbre camp de concentration allemand de Buchenwald. La division a couru, a pris Leipzig, a traversé la rivière Mulde à Rochlitz le 15 avril 1945 et s'est arrêtée, en attendant l'arrivée de l'armée russe. Des positions défensives le long de la rivière Mulde ont été maintenues jusqu'à la fin des hostilités en Europe.
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SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOJean Marc SIMON - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Clive TIRLEMONT - American WW2 Memorial Brest
PROGRAMMERHenri, Garrett, Clive, Frédéric & Renaud
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