PVT Peter Tarantola

New York, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Lost at War
Memorial ID 202563079 · View Source
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Peter served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in New York County, New York prior to the war.

Peter 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32710987

Peter is known to be interred somewhere in New York State. Possibly in the St. Johns Cemetery, Middle Village, New York.

Son of Giuseppe Joseph Tarantola, Sr. (1899 - 1969) and Pietra Beatrice Gioia Tarantola (1891 - 1989)

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Added: 30 Aug 2019
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Peter Tarantola (8 Feb 1916–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 202563079, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Lost at War.