Corp John L Laurita

Corp John L Laurita

Birth
New York, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 28–29)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56248413 · View Source
Suggest Edits

John served as a Corporal, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on January 8, 1942 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Aviator and also as Single, without dependents.

John was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) when the ship was sunk off Algiers in the Mediterranean Sea by a aerial torpedo dropped by a German Ju 88 bomber. The ship sank within 30 seconds due to the high amount of explosives on board. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32189129

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.


Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56248413
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp John L Laurita (1915–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56248413, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .