Tec5 McGlothan L. Patterson

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Tec5 McGlothan L. Patterson

Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56249542 · View Source
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McGlothan served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Franklin County, Arkansas prior to the war.

McGlothan 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 38445281

McGlothan also has a "Cenotaph" in the Hampton Cemetery, Branch, Arkansas with his parents which displays the wrong Month and Day of his passing.
( see family links below )

Bio by Russ Pickett


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249542
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 McGlothan L. Patterson (1 Dec 1922–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249542, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .