Tec4 Emerson Spears

Tec4 Emerson Spears

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250493 · View Source
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Emerson served as a Technician Fourth Grade, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Salem County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 24, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the production of industrial chemicals and also as Single, without dependents.

Emerson 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32367971

Emerson also has a "cenotaph" with his parents in the Lawnside Cemetery, Salem, New Jersey.
" 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 56250493
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec4 Emerson Spears (1922–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250493, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .