SSGT Paul J. Fitzpatrick

Birth
West Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Lost at War
Memorial ID 201244409 · View Source
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Paul served as a Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Dade County, Florida prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on May 14, 1942 at Camp Blanding, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a fire department firemen and also as Single, without dependents.

Paul 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 34205120

" Paul is interred somewhere in Massachusetts " ~ Possibly at Saint Bernards Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

He was the son of Henry and Nora Fitzpatrick and the twin brother of Bernard Fitzpatrick.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 18 Jul 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 201244409
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Paul J. Fitzpatrick (5 Jan 1916–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 201244409, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Lost at War.