Pvt Alfred Joseph De Mello

Pvt Alfred Joseph De Mello

Birth
California, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56246519 · View Source
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Alfred served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Humboldt County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 4, 1943 in San Francisco, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a cranemen, derrickmen, hoistmen, and shovelmen and also as Single, without dependents.

Alfred 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 39123031

Alfred also has a "cenotaph" in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56246519
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Alfred Joseph De Mello (2 Apr 1924–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246519, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .