Pvt Walter Rossetti

Pvt Walter Rossetti

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 16–17)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250055 · View Source
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Walter served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 on April 8, 1943 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

Walter 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33599256

Walter also has a "cenotaph" in the Saint Denis Cemetery, Havertown, Pennsylvania.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250055
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Walter Rossetti (1926–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250055, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .