PFC Edward Harold Alfred

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PFC Edward Harold Alfred

Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56245282 · View Source
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Edward served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Montgomery County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 16, 1943 in Peoria, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Stock clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Edward 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.

Edward was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 36448909

Edward also has a "cenotaph" in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Edward Harold Alfred (14 Apr 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245282, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .