Corp Robert T Swanson

Corp Robert T Swanson

Birth
Death 20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56250700 · View Source
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Robert served as a Corporal, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Winnebago County, Illinois prior to the war.

Robert was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) when the ship was sunk off Algiers in the Mediterranean Sea by a aerial torpedo dropped by a German Ju 88 bomber. The ship sank within 30 seconds due to the high amount of explosives on board. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 36630767

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56250700
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Robert T Swanson (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56250700, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .