Tec4 Donald Blair Ellis


Tec4 Donald Blair Ellis

Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56246799 View Source
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Donald served as a Technician Fourth Grade in the 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 6, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Sales clerk and as being Single, without dependents.

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.

Donald was declared "Missing In Action" when the HMT Rohna, on which he was a passenger, was attacked along with four other ships, by multiple Luftwaffe Heinkel 177 aircraft and sunk. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He had served the Army for one year at the time of his death and was decorated with the Purple Heart.

Service # 12133696

Donald also has a "Cenotaph" in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Delaware.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56246799
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tec4 Donald Blair Ellis (25 Oct 1922–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56246799, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .