Pvt Emzie Ernest Waddell

Pvt Emzie Ernest Waddell

Birth
Dunklin County, Missouri, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56251028 · View Source
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Emzie served as a Private, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Pemiscot County, Missouri prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 8, 1943 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm hand and also as Single, without dependents.

Emzie 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 37417123

Emzie also has a "cenotaph" in the Sumach Cemetery, Holcomb, Missouri.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56251028
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Emzie Ernest Waddell (8 Feb 1924–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56251028, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .