Sgt William Alexander Rittenhouse

Sgt William Alexander Rittenhouse

Delaware, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 24–25)
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56249954 · View Source
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William, who resided at 1237 Lobdell Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Sergeant, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on November 6, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a welder and also as being Married.

William was a passenger on the H.M.T. 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.

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

He had served in the Army for one year at the time of his death and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 12133700

Son of George Rittenhouse and Pearl Anna Walls Rittenhouse.

Husband of Eleanor Haas Rittenhouse and Dad of Eleanor Rittenhouse, William A. Rittenhouse, Jr., and George Rittenhouse.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56249954
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William Alexander Rittenhouse (1918–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56249954, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .