2LT John T. McKelvey

2LT John T. McKelvey

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 32)
At Sea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 12, Site: 2008
Memorial ID 49255612 · View Source
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John served as a Second Lieutenant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 25, 1942 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic 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.

He was originally interred in Tunisia and was later repatriated here on June 24, 1948.

Service # 0-1108847

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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49255612
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT John T. McKelvey (2 Oct 1911–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49255612, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .