Tec5 Joseph A Paul

Tec5 Joseph A Paul

Birth
Park, Gove County, Kansas, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 33)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56249552 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

Joseph 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 39271841

Joseph also has a "cenotaph" in the Saint Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, Kansas.
" Click Here" for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249552
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 Joseph A Paul (23 Jul 1910–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249552, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .