SSgt Karl J Roethel

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SSgt Karl J Roethel

Birth
New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 25–26)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250013 · View Source
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Karl served as a Staff Sergeant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Queens County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 17, 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in manufacturing and also as Single, without dependents.

Karl 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32318331

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250013
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Karl J Roethel (1917–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250013, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .