Pvt Edward Percy Norton, Jr

Pvt Edward Percy Norton, Jr

Birth
New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56249359 · View Source
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Edward served as a Private in the 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 25 Langham Street, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war with his wife Rebecca Anne Putman Norton. The had one child together: Edward Percy Norton, III.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 17, 1941, prior to the war, in Rochester, New York. He was noted as being employed as a Sales Clerk and also as Single, without dependents at the time of his enlistment. His marriage occured after his enlistment.

Edward 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 12025167

Edward also has a "cenotaph" with his wife at the Forest Lawn West Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249359
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Edward Percy Norton, Jr (1922–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249359, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .