2Lt Edgar Francis “Eddie” Groesch

2Lt Edgar Francis “Eddie” Groesch

Birth
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56247378 · View Source
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Edgar Groesch enlisted with the Army Air Corps on 11 Dec 1940 in Peoria, IL. On 3 April 1944, the Liberty ship S.S. Paul Hamilton sailed from Hampton Roads, Virginia, for Italy via Bizerte, Tunisia, with Army 2nd Lieutenant Edgar Groesch aboard. On the night of April 20, 1944, about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Bengut, Algeria in the Mediterranian Sea the convoy came under attack by German torpedo bombers. An aerial torpedo struck the Hamilton and she suffered a tremendous explosion as her cargo of munitions exploded. The blast reached almost 1,000 feet into the air and the remains of the ship sank in about thirty seconds. All 500+ crew and troops perished in the violent explosion and only one body was ever recovered. See the following website for further details and pictures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Paul_Hamilton


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  • Maintained by: Meredith Leischer
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56247378
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Edgar Francis “Eddie” Groesch (19 Apr 1917–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56247378, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Meredith Leischer (contributor 47328765) .