Tec3 Louis R. Lapolla

Tec3 Louis R. Lapolla

Birth
Connecticut, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56248390 · View Source
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Louis served as a Technician Third Grade, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 4, 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a grounds keeper and also as Single, without dependents.

Louis 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31104464

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56248390
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec3 Louis R. Lapolla (26 Dec 1918–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56248390, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .