Sgt Mitchell C. Kielbania

Sgt Mitchell C. Kielbania

Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 26–27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56248169 · View Source
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Mitchell served as a Sergeant, Infantry, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Hampden County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 5, 1941, prior to the war, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in electroplating and galvanizing and also as Single, without dependents.

Mitchell 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31007306

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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