Pvt John Schoefield Craig

Pvt John Schoefield Craig

Ohio, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 30–31)
At Sea
Cenotaph Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56246373 · View Source
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John served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on February 12, 1943 in Akron, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of miscellaneous finished lumber products and also as Single, with 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 declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35602681

John also has a "cenotaph" in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56246373
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Schoefield Craig (1912–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56246373, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .