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PVT Revil Loudermilk

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PVT Revil Loudermilk

Birth
South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 18)
At Sea
Burial Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Plot B, 483
Memorial ID 2970339 View Source
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Revil served as a Private, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Wayne County, Michigan prior to the war.

Revil was a passenger on the H.M.T. 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 36853754

At the families request his state of birth (South Carolina) was added to his headstone instead of his state of residence (Michigan) as was normally done.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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