PVT Tony Pearl Roomsburg

PVT Tony Pearl Roomsburg

Birth
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Death 30 May 1945 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56250033 · View Source
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Tony's first name has been misspelled as both "Toni" and "Tonie," but she spelled it "Tony" in the 1930 and 1940 Federal Censuses and when she applied to high school and college. She was born at 1:30 P.M. at 15 South 13th Avenue in Central Phoenix, AZ. The location of that address is now the State Attorney General's office on the State Capitol Mall.

Tony appears in the 1920 Federal Census as one-month-old "Tonie" Roomsburg, living in Higley, Maricopa, Arizona with her parents, James Austin and (Callie) Caroline (McLester) Roomsburg, who were both born in TX. Tony appears in the 1930 census as 10-yr-old Tony P. Roomsburg living in Lomita, CA with her parents at 2945 W. Chestnut St. She appears in the 1940 census as 20-yr-old Tony P. Roomsburg living in Inglewood, CA with her parents at 2259 239th St. In her later years, including her Army life, she went by "Pearl" Roomsburg.

Pearl graduated from Nathaniel Narbonne High School in Harbor City, CA during 1938. She then graduated with a degree in education from Arizona State Teacher's College (now Arizona State University) in 1942.

She enlisted in the Womens Army Corps (WAC) on Dec. 31, 1943. She was then promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC). She served overseas during WWII at Accra in British West Africa (the French Ivory Coast, now Ghana).

In early 1945, PFC Roomsburg received orders to transfer to Liberia and was en-route by airplane from Accra, Ghana to Robert Field, Liberia on May 30, 1945 with seventeen other WACs and an air crew of three. Their Army transport plane disappeared without a trace, possibly into the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) near Takoradi. The wreckage was never located and none of the bodies was recovered. At the time of her death, her home of record was Lomita, Los Angeles, CA. She was an only child who had never married. She was 25-1/2 years old and had served in the WAC only seventeen months.

Pearl's death was reported in the New York Times on June 7, 1945. It is believed that this group of women represents the first American servicewomen to die during WWII in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). It appears that twelve of these WACs had never married. On June 16, 1945, in Portman Square in London, England, a memorial service was held for these eighteen WACs. Over 660 WACs attended this memorial service.

Bio by: Major Jim Geiser


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  • Maintained by: Major Jim Geiser
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250033
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Tony Pearl Roomsburg (14 Nov 1919–30 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250033, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Major Jim Geiser (contributor 48261393) .