Corp Lawrence L. Lukasevicius

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Corp Lawrence L. Lukasevicius

Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 26)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56248626 · View Source
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Lawrence served as a Corporal, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on April 7, 1942 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the fabrication of metal products and also as Single, without dependents.

Lawrence 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31074463

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )
Corporal LAWRENCE L., LUKASEVICIUS 31074463 Army Air Corps, KIA. He is the son of Joseph and Annie (Adamaitis) LUKASEVICIUS; of Gardner Massachusetts. He was Born, April 10, 1917, and attended Gardner High School. He entered the military service at Fort Devens Massachusetts, on April 11, 1942; at the age of 25. He received his basic training in Miami, Florida lacer stationed in St. Louis, in, Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah, Army Air Fields. He was sent overseas to North African Theater in October of 1943, and flew with the 501st Group, Squadron. He was Killed in action on November 27, 1943 when the transport ship HMT Rohna on which he and his unit were being transported to the Sicilian Theater of Operations was sunk at sea by enemy action.

When the HMT Rohna was sunk 1138 people were killed including 1015 Americans. Historical the sinking of the Rohna is a mile stone in warfare because it was the first successful “hit” of troopship by a German remote-controlled, rocket-boosted bomb, which brought about the “Missile Age.”

Corporal LAWRENCE L., LUKASEVICIUS was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Purple Heart Medal (PHM), the Good Conduct Medal, European Theatre of Operations (ETO) Medal with one battle star, the World War Two Victory Medal, Air Corps Citation of Honor.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Lawrence L. Lukasevicius (10 Apr 1917–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248626, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .