John Edward Veazie, III

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John Edward Veazie, III

Old Town, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Milford, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 141684805 · View Source
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Son of John E. Veazie & Elnora Veazie.

John served as a Technician Fourth Grade, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, Signal Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Penobscot County, Maine prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 26, 1940, prior to the war, in Portland, Maine. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

John 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.

John was "Died Of Wounds received in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 11013238

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

( Burial found by: Janice Hollandsworth )

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 22 Jan 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 141684805
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Edward Veazie, III (8 Sep 1921–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 141684805, citing Milford Cemetery, Milford, Penobscot County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .