Pvt Ralph Sitter

Pvt Ralph Sitter

Birth
North Dakota, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 33–34)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250355 · View Source
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Ralph served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Benton County, Washington prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on September 17, 1942 in Spokane, Washington. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in construction and also as Married.

Ralph 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 39455310

Ralph also has a "cenotaph" with his parent's at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Strasburg, North Dakota.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250355
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Ralph Sitter (1909–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250355, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .