Pvt Joe Hoehns

Laurel, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 31)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section F Row 10 Grave 10
Memorial ID 56247730 · View Source
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Joe served as a Private, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Henrico County, Virginia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 1, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Union Official and also as Married.

Joe 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.

Joe was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33524336

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Joe Hoehns (23 Jan 1912–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56247730, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .