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PFC Normand G. Fontaine

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PFC Normand G. Fontaine

Birth
Rhode Island, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army / Air Force
Memorial ID 56247002 View Source
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Normand served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Kent County, Rhode Island prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 30, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a manufacture of textiles and also as Single, with dependents.

Normand was a passenger on the H.M.T. 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31247371

He also has a "cenotaph" in the Saint Joseph's Cemetery, West Warwick, Rhode Island.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56247002
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/56247002/normand-g.-fontaine : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Normand G. Fontaine (1922–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56247002, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .