L. J. Lewis


L. J. Lewis

Tennessee, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Y, 479
Memorial ID 2986735 View Source
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"L. J." served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Bradley County, Tennessee prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 13, 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in surveying and also as Married.

"L. J." 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

His remains were recovered.

Service # 34505441

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Previously added to Find A Grave:

T5, US Army, WWII
Remains removed from Tunis, Tunisia, 1949


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