Corp Joseph C Smith

Corp Joseph C Smith

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250415 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Corporal, 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 October 26, 1942 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

Joseph 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 14171058

Joseph also has a "cenotaph" in the Stewarts Chapel Methodist Cemetery, Hayden, Alabama.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250415
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Joseph C Smith (17 May 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250415, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .