PFC Earle G. Wilhoite Jr.

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PFC Earle G. Wilhoite Jr.

Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 29–30)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army / Air Force
Memorial ID 56251274 View Source
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Earle served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 20, 1943 at Fort Myer, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Sales clerk and also as Separated, without dependents.

Earle was a passenger on the H.M.T. 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33737909

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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