Thomas Olin Tyner was born at Sanford, Florida, the son of Thomas Olin Tyner and Mathilda Bengtsson. The husband of Doris Quattlebaum.
The HMT (Her Majesties Transport) Rohna was a British troop ship. On 26 november 1943, it was hit by a guided bomb shot from a German airplane, off Djidjelli, Algeria. The ship sank within one-half our after being hit. Bomb damage, supplemented by heavy seas and darkness which hampered rescue work, resulted in a loss of 1,015 men, more than half of the total 1,981 American military personnel aboard.
Sgt Tyner, Army Air Corps, is memorialized at the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunisia.
The Chattanooga Times, 4 January 1944
Sgt. T.O. Tyner Jr., former radio engineer of the Chattanooga police department, has been listed as “missing in action”, according to word received here yesterday by Chief Homer Edmonson. Chief Edmonson received from Tyner’s wife a clipping from a Sanford (Fla.) paper had been missing since Nov. 26. The news was attributed to a dispatch from the North African headquarters of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Sgt. Tyner came here from Sanford as radio engineer and after 15 months service with the police department resigned and entered the air force as a radio technician.
- Rank: Sergeant
- Date of birth: 17 July 1917
- Date of death: 27 November 1943
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 4th Airways Communication Squadron
- Theater: Europe, North Africa
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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