PFC James Paul Rinaldi

PFC James Paul Rinaldi

Birth
Connecticut, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56249937 · View Source
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James served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 18, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of miscellaneous products and also as Single, without dependents.

James 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31328753

James also has a "cenotaph" (which display the wrong date of passing) in the Thompsonville Cemetery, Enfield, Connecticut.
" 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 56249937
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC James Paul Rinaldi (29 Nov 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249937, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .