PFC Justin J. Slager

PFC Justin J. Slager

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 181005016 · View Source
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Entered service from Michigan.
853 ENGR BN (AVN)
He was the son of Peter J. and Josey Slager, 1109 Roseland Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan.

He also has a memorial marker in Arlington National Cemetery at Memorial# 18023422, and another one with his parents in Kalamazoo, MI at Memorial# 75039327.

Justin 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

(Information on the Rohna supplied by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Dan Phelan
  • Added: 4 Jul 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 181005016
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Justin J. Slager (19 Sep 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 181005016, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Dan Phelan (contributor 47709857) .