Corp Harry L Smith

Corp Harry L Smith

Birth
West Virginia, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 19–20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 120094413 · View Source
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Harry served as a Corporal, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 28, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in transportation and also as Single, without dependents.

Harry 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33553319

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Maryland

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 10 Nov 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 120094413
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Harry L Smith (1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120094413, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .