Pvt Frank Swerbinsky

Pvt Frank Swerbinsky

Birth
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 29–30)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250709 · View Source
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Frank served as a Private, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on March 8, 1943 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a motormen and also as Single, without dependents.

Frank 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33575107

Son of Mike and Annie Swerbinsky who resided in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250709
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Frank Swerbinsky (1913–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250709, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .