Pvt Robert C Smelscer

Birth
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section E Row 20 Grave 7
Memorial ID 56250378 · View Source
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Robert served as a Private, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 13, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a routemen and also as Single, without dependents.

Robert 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.

Robert "Died Of Injuries" onboard one of the rescue ships after this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33426133

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250378
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Robert C Smelscer (22 Aug 1922–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250378, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .