Pvt Carl William Brewster

Pvt Carl William Brewster

Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 18)
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56245819 · View Source
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Mother Told
That Missing
Son Is Dead

Pvt. Carl W. Brewster
Lost His Life When
Transport Was Sunk

Mrs. Lucilla A. Brewster of 407 West
Central avenue has been notified by
the War Department that her son, Pvt.
Carl William Brewster, previously reported
as missing, has been ascertained
be dead as a "result of the sinking
of a troop transport at sea by the enemy."

On December 28, 1943, Mrs. Brewster
received a telegram that her son was
missing in action and some weeks later
it was ascertained that he was missing
as a result of the sinking of a transport
in which many others lost their

It was generally assumed that Pvt,
Brewster was dead, but the War Department
did not give up hope, apparently.
At least, not until May 16 did it
notify Mrs. Brewster that her son was
now regarded as dead. She received
that word while visiting another son
Pfc. James N. Brewster, a military policeman,
in Philadelphia. She made the news
public upon arriving home yesterday.

Born at East Titusville
Pvt. Brewster was born Jan. 28, 1925
in East Titusville and attended the
public schools until his second year in
High school, when he was inducted
April 3, 1943. He received basic training
at Fort Eustis, Va., was trans-
ferred to an Army engineer aviation
battalion, and went overseas in the
autumn of last year. He was in Africa
and it is presumed was being sent to
Italy when the sinking occurred.

His father, Joseph Brewster, died in
1935. Besides his mother, he leaves
Three brothers, Robert Brewster of 53
West Spring street, John Brewster of
405 South Franklin street, and James
in Philadelphia; two sisters, Mrs. Ida
Baron of Corry and Mrs. Harry L.
Crawford of 416 Chestnut street. An-
other brother died in 1937.

Titusville Herald, May 25, 1944.

This was the sinking of the British troop ship HMT Rohna by the Germans. Of the 1,138 men lost, 1,015 were American. The attack still constitutes the largest loss of U.S. troops at sea in a single incident. A further 35 American troops of the 2,000 originally on board later died of wounds.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56245819
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Carl William Brewster (28 Jan 1925–26 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245819, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Firedome (contributor 48712629) .