Tec4 Charles O Schnell

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Tec4 Charles O Schnell

Birth
Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 25–26)
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250198 · View Source
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Charles served as a Technician Fourth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 22, 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Professional Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

Charles 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.

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

He was awarded the "Bronze Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service #31275858

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250198
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec4 Charles O Schnell (1917–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250198, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .