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Kaitlin Drajewicz Kaitlin Drajewicz wrote on September 3, 2014 at 4:17 am:
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.\"
Kaitlin Drajewicz Kaitlin Drajewicz wrote on September 3, 2014 at 3:20 am:
Hi All, 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 Thanks Kaitlin
Brenda L Brenda L wrote on August 29, 2014 at 6:28 am:
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.
JEFFREY W. BEDNARZ JEFFREY W. BEDNARZ wrote on August 8, 2014 at 7:17 am:
My uncle, Paul E. Albrecht is shown as a survivor. This is in error, he is still an MIA.
Liz Galvin Liz Galvin wrote on August 4, 2014 at 3:11 am:
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.
John j paskowski John j paskowski wrote on June 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm:
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.
William P. King William P. King wrote on June 21, 2014 at 3:49 am:
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.
Richard Murray Richard Murray wrote on June 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm:
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.
Katie Espitia-Gallardo Katie Espitia-Gallardo wrote on June 8, 2014 at 12:01 am:
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.
Roger Christiansen Roger Christiansen wrote on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 am:
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.
Linda Roland Wendling Linda Roland Wendling wrote on May 27, 2014 at 3:25 am:
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
R. Lee Rayburn R. Lee Rayburn wrote on May 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm:
Great nephew of Pvt Herbert E Rayburn. 853 Eng BN aboard the Rohna. MIA and later changed to KIA.
Derek Dyer Derek Dyer wrote on May 21, 2014 at 9:59 pm:
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. Derek Dyer
Robert J. Porter, Jr. Robert J. Porter, Jr. wrote on May 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm:
Just stopped by to pay my respects on behalf of my late father , Robert Porter. God Bless all of those still remaining.
Kim Keough Kim Keough wrote on May 2, 2014 at 5:08 am:
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.
Sandra Murray-Vermette Sandra Murray-Vermette wrote on May 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm:
God Bless all those lost during this tragedy at sea. How sad that it took so long to learn about the HMT Rohna.
Sally Finnerty Sally Finnerty wrote on May 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm:
I have a history degree and taught school however today watching the Military channel is the 1st I\'ve heard of the RHONA. God Bless y\'all! Thank you for your sacrifice & service!
Jim Ayres Jim Ayres wrote on May 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm:
Interest
Andrew Smith Andrew Smith wrote on May 1, 2014 at 4:03 am:
Hi there just watched a program on your ship. Thanks for your service and being part of our country\'s greatest generation.
Carl Fuerstenberg Carl Fuerstenberg wrote on April 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm:
My grandfather was Robert Engelbert