GRAVESITE: Square 016, Row 04, Grave 010Isolated Burial
A standard upright marble US Military gravestone.
Technical Sergeant 5 Johannes S. Royrvik (Rörvik) as born on April 22, 1909 in Kvinnherad, Norway. He immigrated to the US in 1938 Norway and enlisted in the US Army in 1942. Being a Norwegian speaker he was recruited into the OSS.
Royrvik was a member of OSS (Office of Strategic Services) Operational Group Norway, Team Norso. On March 31, 1945 he along with five other team members were being deployed to Norway to support Operation Rype by an Operation Carpetbagger B-24 aircraft. The plane was unable to make the drop and crashed upon returning to home base in the Orkney Islands in Scotland; all but the Co-Pilot were killed in the crash.
See site Kirkwall- Orkney (this website) for more on Operation Rype and the crash that killed Royrvik.
Each of the Norwegian-American OSS Team members were buried in their native Norway after the war. See this website for the Isolated Burials (ISOBs) for each of the OSS team.
JOHANNES S. ROYRVIK
TEC 5 INFANTRY
WORLD WAR II
APRIL 22, 1909 MARCH 31, 1945