Maurice Leo VAN ZANDT

 

Van Zandt Maurice L
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER33341576
AGE23 yo
DATE OF BIRTH12 juillet 1921
STATEPENNSYLVANIA
FAMILYSingle
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONMOS 653 Squad Leader
JOB before ENLISTEMENTMechanicPA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT21 october 1942 Philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA
COMPANY Company I
REGIMENT329th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION83rd Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH11 august 1944Van Zandt Maurice L tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHSt-Servan, cité d'Aleth, ILLE-ET-VILAINE
CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY from St James

Map Brittany American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
G812
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Good Conduct MedalGood Medal Conduite
European African Middle Eastern Campaign MedalEAMECampaign
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory medalvictory medal
 us army div 83329ri
 

S/Sgt Maurice L. VAN ZANDT celebrated his 23rd birthday on July 12 in Normandy and here is the last message that left his family

" I had do drive in a foxhole on my birdthay. That was the parent the Germans gave me "


History of the Battle of Saint-Malo.


Following the landing of Normandy in June 1944, the Allies entered Brittany on 31 July
On August 4 they block all access to the area of Saint-Malo.
The 83rd US Infantry Division, reinforced by the 121st Infantry Regiment (8th Infantry Division) and units temporarily attached to the Division, were responsible for the release of Saint-Malo and Dinard.
The Americans estimate that a single division can overcome Saint-Malo, whose number of defenders has been undervalued by the US 3rd Army staff.

As Britain did not have sufficient interest for Patton, a large part of the American units of Patton's 3rd Army were ordered to move eastward in an attempt to take the bulk of the German forces still in Normandy, Especially at the Falaise pocket.


So the Americans will rely heavily on aerial bombardment and artillery fire to overcome the fortification.


It was only after two infantry assaults, very murderous among the Allies, and more than eight days of shelling, that Colonel Andreas von Aulock agreed to capitulate on August 17, 1944.


COMPANY MORNING REPORT
Staff Sergeant Maurice Leo VanZandt. ( 23 years ) was a member of I Company. The morning report for July 19, 1944 on page 45 lists his promotion from Private First Class to Staff Sergeant.van zandt maurice morning report 
 van zandt maurice morning report 1The morning report for August 13, 1944 on page 21 lists him as killed in action on August 11,1944.

MEMORY OF THE 329th INFANTRY REGIMENT MEN'S MEMORY
van zandt monument memoirevan zandt monument memoire 1 

Brother of Maurice

 

William J. VAN ZANDT

 

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER33313967
DATE OF BIRTH1920
FAMILYCélibataire
UNITEMilitary Police
STATEPENNSYLVANIA
RANKPrivate 
DATE of ENLISTEMENT

19 may 1942 Philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

Chauffeurs

PA

INFORMATION SOURCES & PICTURES

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Brother of Maurice

 

Francis H. VAN ZANDT

 

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER33480905 
DATE OF BIRTH1922
FAMILYCélibataire
UNITEParticipation à l'invasion du Jour-J , le 6 juin 1944 
STATEPENNSYLVANIA
RANKCorporal 
DATE of ENLISTEMENT
11 january 1943 Philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA
 
Gestionnaires
PA

INFORMATION SOURCES & PICTURES

 Aad.archives.gov

INFORMATIONS SOURCESAmerican Battle Monuments Commission - HonorStates.org - Find a Grave - 83rd inf div docs.org - Aad.archives.gov
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud