Pvt Herbert E Thiel

Pvt Herbert E Thiel

Birth
Wisconsin, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250785 · View Source
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Herbert served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 22, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm Hand and also as Single, without dependents.

Herbert 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 36291620

Herbert also has a "cenotaph" in the Waubeka Union Cemetery, Waubeka, Wisconsin.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250785
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Herbert E Thiel (24 Jul 1924–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250785, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .