CPL James Dirsa Jr.

CPL James Dirsa Jr.

New Hampshire, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 33)
At Sea
Burial Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Plot Lot 1064
Memorial ID 129775334 · View Source
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James served as a Corporal, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Rockingham County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on July 1, 1942 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Skilled mechanic and also as Married.

James 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 He 177A's. One of the He 177A 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.

James was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31110226

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL James Dirsa Jr. (5 Oct 1910–26 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 129775334, citing Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .