1Sgt Hale Very

1Sgt Hale Very

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 26–27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250991 · View Source
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Hale served as a First Sergeant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Middlesex County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 14, 1941, prior to the war, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Musician and/or teacher of music and also as Single, without dependents.

Hale 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31036530

Hale also has a "cenotaph" in the Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
" 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 56250991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Sgt Hale Very (1916–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250991, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .