PVT John Barbala

Death 27 Nov 1943
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea
Memorial ID 201217294 · View Source
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John served as a Private, U.S. Army during World War II.

It is currently unknown where he resided rior to the war.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 334602

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT John Barbala (unknown–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 201217294, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Buried or Lost at Sea.