MSgt Carl Kirkland

MSgt Carl Kirkland

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 37–38)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army / Air Force
Memorial ID 56248199 · View Source
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Carl served as a Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Coffee County, Georgia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 14, 1941 at Eglin Field, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Married.

Carl was a passenger on the H.M.T. 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6348697

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56248199
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MSgt Carl Kirkland (1905–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56248199, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .