PFC Bernard J. Kiernan

PFC Bernard J. Kiernan

Birth
Ireland
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56248171 · View Source
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Bernard served as a Private First Class, 44th Portable Surgical Hospital, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Somerset County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 24, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Stablemen.

Bernard 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32594055

( 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 56248171
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Bernard J. Kiernan (1921–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248171, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .