Tec5 Cecil Jones Davis Jr.

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Tec5 Cecil Jones Davis Jr.

Estill County, Kentucky, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56246473 · View Source
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Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force Service # 35682949 during World War II.

He resided in Estill County, Kentucky prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on January 12, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the photographic process occupation and also as Single, without dependents.

Cecil 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.

Cecil was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 Cecil Jones Davis Jr. (28 Apr 1922–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56246473, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Charging Forward KY (contributor 49801517) .