Pvt Joseph W. “Joe” Craig

Pvt Joseph W. “Joe” Craig

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56246374 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on January 11, 1943. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in a transportation occupation and also as Single, without dependents.

Joseph 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35647413

Joseph also has a "cenotaph" in the Bethel Church Cemetery, Ohio Township, Ohio.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56246374
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Joseph W. “Joe” Craig (18 Jun 1923–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246374, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .