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PFC Richard J. Rott of Dillon, Montana, also died after the SS Leopoldville was hit

October 29, 2013

Christmas Eve 1944 exactly two soldiers from Montana died after the UBoat 486 sunk the SS Leopoldville.  One was my uncle PFC Carl R. Bonde, Jr., of Kalispell.  The other, from Dillon, was PFC Robert J. Rott.  Prior to his induction Mr. Rott was a printer, born 9-15-24, and according to army records was 46 tall, wt 143.  Were all heights nonsense?  Uncle Carl’s height was listed as 80.  Carl’s buddy Bill Moomey told me Carl was approximately as tall as he was, about 5’6″ or 66 inches.


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