PFC William I Seaman

PFC William I Seaman

New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 24–25)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250229 · View Source
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William served as a Private First Class, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on November 5, 1942 in Albany, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Barber and also as Single, without dependents.

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 # 12172037

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )




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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250229
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC William I Seaman (1918–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250229, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .