Corp John C Mc Donald

New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 26–27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section G Row 11 Grave 11
Memorial ID 56248886 · View Source
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John served as a Corporal, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 5, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Guard and also as Single, without dependents.

John 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.

John "Died Of Injuries" received during this sinking during the war.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 32580472

Son of John L. and Florence Mc Donald who resided in Buffalo, New York.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp John C Mc Donald (1916–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248886, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .