Tec5 William J Saccomano

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Tec5 William J Saccomano

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 24–25)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250117 · View Source
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William served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Passaic County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 24, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a filer, grinder, buffer, and polisher of metal and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married in 1943 after his enlistment.

William 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32568351

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250117
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 William J Saccomano (1918–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250117, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .