Herbert John Weidenbenner

Herbert John Weidenbenner

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Glennonville, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 200742191 · View Source
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Herbert served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Dunklin County, Missouri and was a member of the U.S. Army prior to the war.

He re-enlisted in the Army on December 30, 1941 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in a foundry and also as Single, without dependents.

Herbert 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6859282

Herbert also has a "cenotaph" in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunisia.
" Click Here " for that record which displays a link to his parents.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 2 Jul 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 200742191
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert John Weidenbenner (3 Mar 1916–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 200742191, citing Saint Teresas Cemetery, Glennonville, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .