Saturday, February 4, 2017

WW2 Fallen - 3rd Armored Division's James McIver

33rd Armored Regiment, the month before Cpl. McIver was killed.

James J. McIver could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on February 4, 1917 in Pennsylvania. His parents were both born in Ireland. His father was a stable hostler who later worked as a janitor. He had an older brother and sister and three younger sisters and a younger brother. By 1940 James had an eighth grade education and was working as a laborer.

James became a corporal in the 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. His unit entered the Normandy area during the later part of June 1944. It was heavily engaged in the fighting in the hedgerows that slowed down the Allied efforts to break out of Normandy.

Cpl. McIver was killed on August 17, 1944 when his regiment had reached Ranes and participated in closing the Falaise Gap closing, capturing upwards of 100,000 of German prisoners.
Cpl. McIver died when his unit was at position 12 on this map.

His remains were returned to be buried at Beverly National Cemetery in New Jersey.

Thank you James for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for James.

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