Tec4 Harry Swickey

Tec4 Harry Swickey

Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250710 · View Source
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Harry served as a Technician Fourth Grade, 31st Signal Construction Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in NewYork County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 24, 1942 in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building transportation equipment (except automobiles and aircraft) and also as Single, with dependents.

Harry 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32539571

( 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 56250710
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec4 Harry Swickey (2 Jul 1921–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250710, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .