Leland Von GARDNER


GARDNER Leland V - 41 IB 2 AD

Source : Kathryn Bond
AGE23 yo
DATE OF BIRTH22 juillet 1920 Vernal, Uintah County, UTAH
FONCTIONInfantry Man
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTSemiskilled construction occupationsCA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT4 November 1942 Salt Lake City UTAH 
BATTALION41st Infantry Battalion
DIVISION 2nd Armored Division
DATE OF DEATH30 July 1944

GARDNER Leland V - 41 IB 2 AD

Source : Joy Riggers



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GARDNER Leland V - 41 IB 2 AD

Source : Robin Gardner

Leland Von Gardner, the third son of Ira Stephen and Mary Mecham Gardner, was born July 22, 1920, in Vernal, Utah.

He died on Normandy Beach in France along with most of his company in the United States Army during World War II.

Von was a friendly, fun loving, handsome young man, who had everything for which to live. When he was very young he entertained everyone with tall stories which showed a colorful imagination. As he grew up he became an expert swimmer, ice skater, ice hockey player, and worked as a cowboy when not working on the farm.

He taught swimming in the army and at an earlier time saved the life of a companion. The young man fell through the ice on Green River and Von went into the icy water and pulled him to safety at the risk of his own life. Von received a citation for this act of bravery.

His untimely death was felt greatly by his family; Von, taken in the prime of his life, gave his all for his country.

[Written by his sister, Fay G. Barton]

GARDNER Leland V - 41 IB 2 AD

Leland Von Gardner & George Ainge

Source : Robin Gardner

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15 Jul 1940  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  443
   Casualties/Victimes  20 659

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

8 Nov 1942  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Maj. Gen. Charles L. Scott (Jul 40 - Jan 41)
Maj. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. (Jan 41 - Feb 42)
Maj. Gen. Willis D. Crittenberger (Feb 42 - Jul 42)
Maj. Gen. Ernest N. Harmon (Jul 42 - Apr 43)
Maj. Gen. Hugh J. Gaffey (May 43 - Apr 44)
Maj. Gen. Edward H. Brooks (Apr 44 - Sep 44)
Maj. Gen. Ernest N. Harmon (Sep 44 - Jan 45)
Maj. Gen. Isaac D. White (Jan 45 - Aug 45)


Algeria-French Morocco (8 Nov 42 - 11 Nov 42)
Sicily (9 Jul - 17 Aug 43)
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)



carte campagn 2 armored division

These vintage maps chart the journey of the 2nd Armored Division throughout Europe during World War II. The top map covers the years 1942 to 1944. The bottom map includes 1945.

Ces cartes d'époque illustrent le parcours de la 2e division blindée à travers l'Europe pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. La carte du haut couvre les années 1942 à 1944. La carte du bas comprend 1945.

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Elements of the Division first saw action in North Africa, landing at Casablanca, 8 November 1942, and later taking part in the fighting at Beja, Tunisia, but the Division as a whole did not enter combat until the invasion of Sicily, when it made an assault landing at Gela, 10 July 1943. The Division saw action at Butera, Campobello,-and Palermo. After the Sicilian campaign, the Division trained in England for the cross-Channel invasion, landed in Normandy D plus 3, 9 June 1944, and went into action in the vicinity of Carentan; ; the Division raced across France in July and August, drove through Belgium and attacked across the Albert Canal 13 September 1944, crossing the German border at Schimmert, 18 September to take up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen. On 3 October, the Division launched an attack on the Siegfried Line from Marienberg, broke through, crossed the Wurm River and seized Puffendorf 16 November and Barmen 28 November. The Division was holding positions on the Roer when it was ordered to help contain the German Ardennes offensive. The Division fought in eastern Belgium, blunting the German Fifth Panzer Army's penetration of American lines. The Division helped reduce the Bulge in January, fighting in the Ardennes forest in deep snow, and cleared the area from Houffalize to the Ourthe River of the enemy. After a rest in February, the Division drove on across the Rhine 27 March, and was the first American Division to reach the Elbe at Schonebeck on 11 April. It was halted on the Elbe, 20 April, on orders. In July the Division entered Berlin-the first American unit to enter the German capital city.


Des éléments de la division ont d'abord été déployés en Afrique du Nord, atterrissant à Casablanca le 8 novembre 1942, puis ont pris part aux combats à Beja, en Tunisie, mais la division dans son ensemble n'a pas envahi la Sicile. un assaut atterrissant à Gela, le 10 juillet 1943. La division a été attaquée à Butera, Campobello et Palerme. Après la campagne sicilienne, la division s’est entraînée en Angleterre pour l’invasion transmanche, a atterri en Normandie D plus 3, le 9 juin 1944, et s’est engagée dans les environs de Carentan; ; La Division a traversé la France en juillet et août, a traversé la Belgique le 13 septembre 1944 et a franchi la frontière allemande à Schimmert le 18 septembre pour traverser le canal Albert afin de prendre des positions défensives près de Geilenkirchen. Le 3 octobre, la division a lancé une attaque sur la ligne Siegfried au départ de Marienberg, a franchi la rivière Wurm et a saisi Puffendorf le 16 novembre et Barmen le 28 novembre. La division tenait des positions sur le Roer quand il a été ordonné d'aider à contenir l'offensive des Ardennes allemandes. La division a combattu dans l'est de la Belgique, brisant la pénétration des lignes américaines par la cinquième armée panzer allemande. La division a aidé à réduire les Ardennes en janvier, se battant dans la forêt des Ardennes dans la neige profonde, et a dégagé la zone de Houffalize à la rivière Ourthe de l'ennemi. Après un repos en février, la division a traversé le Rhin le 27 mars et a été la première division américaine à atteindre l’Elbe à Schonebeck le 11 avril. Il a été arrêté sur l'Elbe, le 20 avril, sur ordre. En juillet, la division est entrée dans Berlin, la première unité américaine à entrer dans la capitale allemande.
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