Sgt Frank D'Andrea

New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 43–44)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section E Row 21 Grave 17
Memorial ID 56246443 · View Source
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Frank served as a Sergeant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in the District of Columbia and was previously a member of the U.S. Army prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 12, 1942 at Fort Myer, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in building transportation equipment and also as Single, without dependents.

Frank 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33194784

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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