My father, Saul Levine who passed away in September,2000,was a survivor of the Rhona tragedy. I am grateful to learn of this website and how it serves to honor the men who gave their lives and those like my dad who were able to continue to serve.
I would very much like to go to Baltimore next year.
My Great Uncle Woodrow, was an actual witness to this terrible event! He is currently 96 and lives with me. None of our family knew anything about this until Woody began sharing stories after being honored through the Utah Honor Flight, with a visit to Washington DC on Sept 18-20, 2014. It has now become my honor to attempt to document all of my Great Uncles stories, and research this event. My uncle did not know the names of any of the ships, but with his descriptions, dates of service and eyewitness details, I have been able to identify The Rohna disaster as his big PTSD event. I am trying to piece together all of the details from the many resources, to attempt to identify which ship my Great Uncle was on. He was on a nearby troop carrier at the time of the bombing, he says adjacent to the Rohna at the time of the bombing. It is apparent that position of ships in the convoy directly before and then after, changed significantly, and so identifying the possible ship that Woody was standing on, is proving a bit difficult. I would welcome any responses from anyone with information about ship names and their relationship location to the Rohna when the bomb struck the Rohna. I\'ve learned that the Atherstone was ahead of the Rohna along with the Coventry. My uncle says that the 4 troop ships formed a square or box. The Rohna and his ship were side by side, and I think the Banfora was behind. One witness places the Orion directly Starboard to the Rohna, which should be the ship that My uncle says he was on. However the statistics of the Orion don\'t match my uncles memory of its size. Woody says his ship had a Gazelle as a mascot. Other accounts place the Pioneer and the Slazak behind the Rohna. Not sure how many other witnesses or survivors still exist, but my uncle would love to write them. Thanks Ren
My uncle was on the Rohna
just wanted to express my gratitude for the ones that gave their life so we may be free.
I just wanted to express my overwhelming gratitude to all who served and died in WWII.....this was a tragic event that should have been explained fully immediately following the incident, you gentlemen were truly part of the greatest generation...and i for one am extremely thankful for your service and sacrifice to your country. God bless each and every one of you.
I would love to meet all of you and shake your hands!
Daniel M. Nation
Thought I would add this in as I was going through memorabilia from my grandfathers time in the war. He was in the 322nd fighter control squadron. While my grandfather was deployed he wrote stories of his time and mailed them back to my grandmother here in the states. I was rereading one of the stories where he and his friend Ernest from New Hampshire also known as \"Homer\" and the story closes with these lines:
\" Our stay in Oran was brief, and in the latter part of November, We boarded His Majesties Ship The S.S. _____: During the night the convoy was formed, and silently slipped away in the shadows of the city.\"
Glad to see the updated site! I just wanted to put a feeler out. I am the granddaughter of Stanislaw Drajewicz could have gone by Stan or Stanley and for last name possibly Drake. He was in the 542nd fighter control squadron on the HMT Rohna. My grandfather passed back in 1963 and he never spoke of the event as it was still classified at the time of his death. I am looking to see if anyone has any memories of him as I have been on a constant journey to learn more about him. I have had the pleasure of speaking with one of his fellow soldiers that I located through a newspaper article and hope that I can find more. I thank you all for any information that you can provide. Please feel free to email me at Kdrajewicz@hotmail.com
My uncle was Thomas Pyne on the Rohna, he was my dad\'s brother, James Pyne. I never got to meet him,I was born in 1969. It makes me sad he gave his life for our freedom and what we are facing today, I pray it was not in vain.
My uncle, Paul E. Albrecht is shown as a survivor. This is in error, he is still an MIA.
My grandfather, John Galvin, is a survivor and is living on Long Island, NY. I look forward to visiting the memorial.
Thank you for all you do to keep the story alive.
My name is John j Paskowski my dad John PASKOWSKI was a survivor on the Rohna.he just passed away june 20th 2014 at 95 years.Im a viet Nam vet myself and im going to miss sharing war stories with him .He lived in somerset Massachusetts and was in the 31st signal.
My uncle, John W. King, served on the USS Pioneer in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific. He was a Signalman 3/c. He left the Pioneer in Okinawa in the fall of 1945. I\'ve asked him about the HMT Rohna and the events November 26, 1943. At almost ninety years old he is a bit vague about things but I believe he was in an area between the front stack and the bridge section smoking a cigarette when the explosion occurred. It was a place where sailors could smoke undented. He thought a piece of shrapnel might have hit the stack. There is still one thing he can vividly recall about his time on the Pioneer while in the Mediterranean. Unfortunately the minesweeper inadvertently shot down a British plane near Anzio and a very angry English pilot refused to be rescued by the ship.
My great uncle Elmer Fishell was lost on the Rohna. I just brought a book and am looking forward to learning more about the tragedy.
Bernardino S. Espitia: this was the name of my uncle who was on board the HMT Rohna when it sank. I was saddened to learn his remains were never recovered. I only knew that my uncle had died overseas but nothing more. I am eager to hear if anyone knew or heard of my uncle. He was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas.
Just found this roup..My dad\'s cousin Pvt. Arnold Ostman was lost on The Rohna, I understand he was an infantryman, the ironic thing was that he was in The Merchant Marine and he left that for the Army because he was worried about getting shipwrecked.
I am the only child of Alphus Ragsdale Roland. My father died on the Rohna. He enlisted in Lubbock, Texas, in 1942. His home was in Amarillo, Texas. He was married to Lucille Wyatt. I was born just two weeks (11-12-43) before Dad died on the Rohna. If anyone has any information about my Dad I would appreciate hearing from you. My family is all gone, and I know very little about Dad. I found out about the Rohna on the NBC nightly news with Tom Brokaw and have since been searching for information about the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the Rohna. Any information would be a blessing. Linda Wendling, Haxtun, Colorado
Great nephew of Pvt Herbert E Rayburn. 853 Eng BN aboard the Rohna. MIA and later changed to KIA.
Wash looking for information on my great great Uncle Archie A Dalton. None of the family had much information, but I was able to track down the date he was listed as lost, and from there I was eventually able to find his name on the list of those lost on the HMT Rhona. Your sight will let me explain why there was never any real information given to the family, thank you.
Just stopped by to pay my respects on behalf of my late father , Robert Porter.
God Bless all of those still remaining.
This story I watched today brought me to tears. So many young lives lost in an instant, leaving the survivors and loved ones without answers to such a national tragedy. I am beyond stunned that this remained a secret from the world for over five decades.