PFC Clarence G. Norwood

Virginia, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 36)
At Sea
Burial Lost at War
Memorial ID 202450175 · View Source
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Clarence served as a Private First Class, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Greensville County, Virginia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 11, 1942 in Richmond, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Married.

Clarence 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.

Clarence was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33519289

Note: Clarence has a burial record that notes he was interred in the "Norwood Cemetery" in Emporia, Virginia with a "Flat Marble Headstone" and noted on the headstone that he was part of the 853rd Engineer Battalion. The "Norwood Cemetery" is currently "not" on Find A Grave. The person that signed for his headstone in 1948 was Mamie Allen Norwood who resided at 316 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 26 Aug 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 202450175
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Clarence G. Norwood (17 May 1907–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 202450175, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Lost at War.