My father Captain John Cain, was a Convoy Officier on HMT Rohna, he was one of the last to leave the ship, he spent hours in the ocean finally p/u by a English Corvette. He was haunted by the memory of GI with full equipment on, jumped into the ocean and died. Does anyone remember my Dad?? Thx.
A retired pastor pursuing fate of Ermal R. Lynn Pfc aboard the Rohna. I tried to minister and comfort his distraught mother during 1970's.
Tried in vain to get information from the military. She passed never hearing this tragic story.
She was a widow. One of the bits of information she mentioned was someone saw Ermal swimming in the water.
Also mentioned a troop train coming thru Mitchell with him on it. Other family members are not aware of the truth. We are trying to locate them via genealogy info. Any help would be appreciated.
I'm just now finding your page, and am delighted to see the names of my dad's crew members that he spoke so fondly of. My dad, Sam Cunigan was one of the Pioneer crew on that fateful day. My sister and I grew up hearing about the rescue mission! I accompanied him to many memorial services over the years, and recall one in Alabama, specifically to dedicate a plaque to the Rohna. I'm quite proud of my dad's legacy, and thank you for this site/webpage. You've bought back many great memories! Thank you for the heroism of many that historic and fateful day. I am honored to have met several of my dad's shipmates, and am ever grateful for your service. I own personally autographed copies of 2 of Carlton Jackson's books, an excellent rendition of this chapter in history. I remember how thrilled my dad was when Mr. Jackson asked to interview him, after the information about the sinking of the Rohna was regarded as 'classified' for many years. Prayers still for those who were in harm's way and their families. Judy Cunigan De Armond, R.N.; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi folks, Harry (Harold) Rosen of the 853 was a casualty. Does anyone know anything about him, or remember him? He was originally from the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. My email is email@example.com
THanks for the service and to all the troops.
My fathers name is William S Warren he is 92 and still living. He was an Army medic and was on the Rohna the day before it was sunk. His medical unit was transfered to the Hmt Rajula switching places with an Army air corps unit. Does anyone know of a list of units that were on board the day of the disaster. I have hired a military researcher and been unable to find the unit my father was attached to at that time. If anybody can help I would appreciate it. Thanks Brian
Question for any survivors: Did anyone know Herbert Weidenbenner? His sister, my mother, is still living at 92 yrs old. He went down with the ship. He was 27 yrs old and in the medical Corp he had black hair & blue eyes from Glennonville Missouri. Anything known about him would-be nice to know. Thank you. My email is Oliverbeever@gmail.com
Thank you for the info about my Father, Sgt Earl J. Spears. His extended family, including his great-great- grand children, now know the truth about their brave ancestor. May He now rest in peace.
Until rec info from this site, our family only new the Gov't's false story. My Father, Earl Joseph Spears, died on the Rohna and was never found. May God bless all who gave their lives! Thank you for this site.
I am a grandson of a former CBI veteran of the 7th Bombardment Group. Since 2010, I have been assembling a data base of names of men who were associated with the Seventh, and that served in the India-Burma Theater. With nearly 5,800 names in the data base, I have come to learn much about these men and their heroic efforts. I did not know about the tragedy of the sinking of the Rohna until just recently. I look forward to reading about those lost and those that survived.
Can you provide me with the names of any of those aboard the ship that had been assigned to the 7th Bomb Group? I have found the name, Charles E. Fouhy, Jr., who was a survivor and was assigned to the Group, and arrived in Theater in February 1944.
Thank you for any assistance that you can offer.
Michael P. Hernandez
My father was lost at sea on this date, during the invasion of Italy, when I was just over two years old. How can I find out if he was on this ship?
My grandfather, Ralph V. Sifuentes, died on the Rohna and my dad never met him. I was wondering if anyone had any information that I could pass on to my father.
I've just put two and two together. My dad had told me that he lost two brothers in WWII. He said one of them (Edward Jacoby) was lost at sea and not much was known about his fate. This was 30 or 40 years ago. This memorial day I stumbled across and article about the Rohna. I cross checked the dates and ... Bingo the dates matched. Thanks so much for this site and the info it contains for the families that never knew what happened to loved ones!..
I spent time in USMC as a Marine Aviator and have quite a bit of time cruising the Mediterranean never knowing how close I was to where my uncle lost his life.
Call sign .. OB1... out
Vale, Brave Warriors. Thank you for your service. Thank you, all, for your lives.
I think my Dad was on this boat & survived but went to India from there. His names was James Stephen Broaderick. How would I find out. I am assuming there's a list of men who made it to Burma.
A salute to all the troops on the HMS Rohan. Thank you for your service.
My uncle Ernie was one of the men lost. I never knew him but through my father's stories about him as he was Dad's closest brother. Dad passed on never learning of his little brother's fate.
Hi, I’ve recently found out that my Uncle William M Fairhurst was aboard the Rohna. He was a US Army Private from Pennsylvania and was listed as Missing in Action on 11/27/1943 and is listed on this site as a casualty. While I never met him, my mom remembers him fondly. I know it’s a long shot but if anyone has any information or heard any stories about him, I’d be very interested to hear them.
Until I found this website the stories of my Uncle Guy Tramontano were just that, stories. My Mom passed 6 months ago and she never forgot her brother or the story about how he parrished. I wish I'd only have found this website before she died so she could have some closure over her precious brother's death.
Harry (Harold) Rosen of the 853 was a casualty. I recently had a stone erected at Arlington for him as he was lost at sea. My dad passed away without any information about his brother. Does anyone know anything about him?