Pvt Fred Chistian Shilkus

Pvt Fred Chistian Shilkus

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250294 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Fred served as a Private, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Cook County, Illinois prior to the war.

Fred 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 36722540

Fred also has a "cenotaph" in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


Family Members


Advertisement

Plan a visit to North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial?

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250294
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Fred Chistian Shilkus (12 May 1921–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250294, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .