1Sgt Richard Lee Ekiss

1Sgt Richard Lee Ekiss

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 28)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56246781 · View Source
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Richard served as a First Sergeant, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Moultrie County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 20, 1939. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being a Widower, without dependents.

Richard 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6828735

Richard also has a "cenotaph" in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
" 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 56246781
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Sgt Richard Lee Ekiss (8 Feb 1915–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246781, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .