Tec5 Donald W Thrasher

Tec5 Donald W Thrasher

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250826 · View Source
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Donald served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Fulton County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 8, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a routemen and also as Married.

Donald 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35540841

Donald also has "two" other "cenotaph's":

One is in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
" Click Here " for that record.

Another one at the Pettisville Union Cemetery, Pettisville, Ohio.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250826
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 Donald W Thrasher (11 Apr 1916–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250826, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .