Lt. Roth killed in the Battle of Rennell Island

Lt. Roth, killed in the Battle of Rennell Island while serving on the USS La Vallette. January 29, 1943

Friend and shipmate, Lt. Roth, was killed on January 29, 1943 in the Battle of Rennell Island while serving on the USS La Vallette.

Shortly after his death, George drew Roth’s portrait using a magnifying glass to enlarge a “thumbnail size photo” of his buddy. The last annotation in the lower right corner reads, “He got word his wife had a baby just before he was killed.”

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2 Responses to Lt. Roth killed in the Battle of Rennell Island

  1. Jack Wilkes says:

    Remember vividly standing deck watch with Lt.Roth only A couple of nights before the torpedo hit.He was so happy of his hearing about the birth of A new son.Later when his grand son found me was I surprised to learn that the father of this grand son was the son that Lt.Roth had just learned of his birth.

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