SSgt John W Reinl

Birth
New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 39–40)
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section I Row 9 Grave 7
Memorial ID 56249883 · View Source
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John served as a Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Chesterfield County, Virginia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 1, 1942 in Richmond, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Lithographer 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 was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33226891

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249883
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt John W Reinl (1903–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249883, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .