PFC Herbert Heisman

PFC Herbert Heisman

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56247606 · View Source
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Herbert served as a Private First Class, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 24, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, with dependents.

Herbert was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227).

On her fifth voyage the S.S. Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on April 2, 1944 as part of convoy U.G.S. 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group and the 5th Reconnaissance Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy.

On the evening of April 20th the Hamilton and other ships in the convoy were attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers.

One aerial torpedo struck the Paul Hamilton and detonated the cargo of high explosives and bombs, and the ship and crew disappeared within 30 seconds. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33595242

Herbert also has "cenotaph" in the Har Zion Cemetery, Collingdale, Pennsylvania.
( see family links below )

( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56247606
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Herbert Heisman (10 Jan 1924–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56247606, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .