PFC John M Efstis

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PFC John M Efstis

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 19–20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56246773 · View Source
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John served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Essex County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 2, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist and also as Single, without 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 # 32604812

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56246773
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC John M Efstis (1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246773, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .