Pvt Elmer Leslie “Bill” Huffman

Pvt Elmer Leslie “Bill” Huffman

Freestone County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 36)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56247815 · View Source
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Elmer "Bill" served as a Private, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Freestone County, Texas prior to the war.

"Bill" 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 38429386

Elmer "Bill" also has a "cenotaph" in the Union Cemetery, Freestone County, Texas.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56247815
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Elmer Leslie “Bill” Huffman (27 Jan 1907–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56247815, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .