SGT John W. Larsen

SGT John W. Larsen

Washington, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 23)
At Sea
Burial San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot B, 580G
Memorial ID 3599458 · View Source
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John served as a First Sergeant, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in King County, Washington prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 5, 1942 at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a linemen and also as Single, without dependents.

John 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

John's remains were one of the few found from this tragedy. He was originally interred in Italy and was later repatriated here on December 3, 1948.

Service # 39388030

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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