Jack Osborne

Kentucky, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Thousandsticks, Leslie County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 202451479 · View Source
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Jack served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Butler County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 21, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in construction as a driller and also as Divorced, without dependents.

Jack 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35673889

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 26 Aug 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 202451479
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Osborne (2 Sep 1916–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 202451479, citing Gillie Osborne Cemetery, Thousandsticks, Leslie County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .