SSgt Weldon William Wald


SSgt Weldon William Wald

Texas, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56251037 View Source
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Weldon served as a Staff Sergeant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Bell County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 7, 1943 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Surveyor and also as Married.

Weldon 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 38364854

Weldon also has a "cenotaph" in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Temple, Texas.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: James Durham
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56251037
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Weldon William Wald (23 Jan 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56251037, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by James Durham (contributor 46994633) .