Tec5 Herman E Smith

Tec5 Herman E Smith

Birth
Alabama, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250406 · View Source
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Herman served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Jefferson County, Alabama prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 1, 1943 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Upholsterer and also as Single, without dependents.

Herman 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 34704278

Herman also has a "cenotaph" in the Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery, Autauga County, Alabama.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250406
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 Herman E Smith (7 Mar 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250406, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .