Pvt Joseph A. Kessler

Pvt Joseph A. Kessler

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56248160 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Lake County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on September 24, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

Joseph 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35512827

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56248160
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Joseph A. Kessler (1921–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248160, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .