CPL Clinton Webster Whitehead

CPL Clinton Webster Whitehead

Birth
Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 200493792 · View Source
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Clinton served as a Corporal, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Fulton County, Georgia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 7, 1943 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a welder and also as Single, with dependents.

Clinton 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 34682739

Clinton also has a "Cenotaph" in the Hopewell Christian Cemetery, Suwanee, Georgia.
" Click Here " for that record.

Bio by Russ Pickett

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 25 Jun 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 200493792
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Clinton Webster Whitehead (8 Feb 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 200493792, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .