PVT Charles Homer Smith

PVT Charles Homer Smith

Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot MA18, 0, 5
Military PVT, US ARMY
Memorial ID 1189461 · View Source
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Charles served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cherokee County, Oklahoma prior to the war.

Charles was a passenger on the HMT Rohna.

The Rohna and four other troop ships left Oran in French Algeria with cargo and troops. Off Béjaïa, Algeria the convoy was attacked by an estimated 60 German Luftwaffe Heinkel 177's. One of the 177's, piloted by Hans Dochtermann, released a glide bomb that hit Rohna on her port side and she eventually sank.

1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 U.S. personnel. The attack is the largest loss of US troops at sea due to enemy action in a single incident. 35 U.S. troops of the 2,000 originally embarked later died of wounds.

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 38464222

Charles also has a "cenotaph" in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial , Carthage, Tunisia.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1189461
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Charles Homer Smith (6 Dec 1922–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1189461, citing Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .