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?
My uncle Loyal Smith was on the Rohna. He was married with a new baby when he left for war. He was washed ashore at Algiers. My 87 year old mother wonders if any of the survivors remember him.
My 93 year old dad is a survivor of the Rohna. He lives in Marlton, NJ. His name is Robert I Greenberg originally from Phila. Does anyone know how many survivors are still with us?
My uncle, Lawrence Lukasevicius from Gardner Massachusetts was one of the many who died on the Rohna. He has one surviving sister, Monica L Lukasevicius (Hakkinen), who will be 102 in April 2017 and still lives in Gardner MA. One of my cousins, James Kraskouskas, from the same home town has organized a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of our Uncle Larry for June of this year. We will be thinking of the families of all those who perished along with our uncle on the HMT Rohna. I appreciate reading the accounts of the survivors of this tragedy. Thank you.
On June 17, 2017 at 1:15PM we will be having a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for my Uncle Cpl Lawrence Lucasavicius.
On the anniversary of this awful event my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Grandson of Captain T.J.Murphy, Master of HMT Rohna
Robert C. Hiatt from Ft. Smith AR was my great Uncle. He was among the 1,015 who died in the attack. He was in the 853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Eng. He was 32 years old and the son of Sherman and Maude Hiatt.
I ran into a man last night who told me a story about the Rohna Disaster. He said he was posted to the prow of the ship one moment and in the water the next. On his next posting he was pulled aside by commander, and he was asked where he had been wounded. He replied he was unable to speak about it. The Capt. Pushed for an answer it was the same. The Capt. was able to learn something and put the man up for a Purple Heart. The soldier told him he could not accept the medal -- he would not be able explain it.
My grandfather John Paskowski was a great man and almost a friend to me. I remember playing tic-tac-toe with him as a young boy.
My grandfather, Edward \"Pete\" Willeford was on the Rhona and survived the attack. He passed away some years back but our family still honors his service and sacrifice along with all those who served on the Rhona. I hope to some day visit the memorial in his honor. Thank you for continuing to honor those that served on the Rhona.
I write today after doing a little research about the HMT Rohna and finding this website. My grandfather is Wheeler, Sgt. James E. RH705AAA and he was a survivor of this disaster. Sadly, he passed away last week at the age of 97. He led a full life and didn\'t slow down until a few years ago. I am very proud to call him my grandpa and to have him with us as long as we did. My heart aches for all the men that lost their lives that day. May all of the men Rest in Peace.
With deepest regards,