I am the granddaughter of Robert F. Pace, Jr. My mother, Jeannine (Judy) Bass ( née Pace) was 2 years old when her father died. My mother has her father\'s Purple Heart and flag which I saw as a child. When I asked what had happened, Mom could only say he died on a ship during WWII. In the last couple of decades she finally learned the full story. Her mother, Evelyn Forrest, died in 1983 without ever knowing the details. Thank you for all you are doing to give the details of this tragedy and remember the men it took from us.
My grandfather was James Earl Steely
I remember as a young boy my father telling me stories of being aboard this ship. He did say it was attacked by a rocket but what I remember most was he always said so many were lost due to the fact that their life preservers were belts designed to inflat and be worn under the arms. He said most people wore them low around the waist and when they went into the water theey inflated and were upside down thus drowning due to not being able to right themselves.That bothered him a lot. He served in the CBI during WW2, the S. Pacific testing Atom bombs in the 50\'s and retired in 1966. He passed in 1995 due to a rare bone cancer.
My grandfather was on this ship that day and rarely ever talked about it
His name was Floyd Calvin Tressler
I am Stephen Green. My grandfather was Theodore Emmett Green 853rd engineers, killed in action aboard the Rohna.
My father was on board when ship went down. He survived,but has since passed on . Me being his son, was wondering if I could attend to learn more about it?
My uncle John Charles Cameron was aboard the HMT Rohna
My father was on the USS Pioneer from the beginning until he was taken off wounded with the Rhona Surviovors. Until November of 1993 If asked all my father would say was he was wounded while on a convoy. All that changed when a letter came from John Fivet asking my dad to call him. Only then did he tell the story of what really happened that night. When asked why he never said anything before his answer was \"we were given an order not speak about what happened.\" My dad was a gunners mate and had just cleared a jammed machine when they were straffed and he was hit in the leg. He carried that shrapnel until he passed away on October 3, 2013. He told many stories of his time in the Navy and that November night so long ago. One story he told was that when the germans launced one of their bombs that the captain could see it heading in their direction and gave orders to hard right rudder. The sailor at the helm that night was Ron Wright and dad gave him credit for manuvering the ship out of the path of the bomb. My dad attended a reunion in columbus Ohio and with my mother was looking at some of the displays when a gentlemen came up to him and said your the sailor that gave me your life jacket. When dad was hit they took him to the galley and laid him on a table to work on him. I guess dad just knew if they were hit that he wouldn\'t make it. I would like to on behalf of my family thank John Fivet for writing that letter and getting my dad to finally talk about the Rhona.
I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the official loss report and investigation on the RHONA sinking? There is a group interested in potentially producing a documentary on this event, including a search for the ship off Algeria. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
mcbarnette AT gmail DOT com
Greetings. I am looking to see if there was a survivor of this ship by the Name of Clarence Joseph Boudreaux . He was my Grandfather. . B. Dec 14, 1906 D. Dec 19, 1955
Merchant Marine ID : Z274905. A.B. Seaman, Bos\'n Mate
From Baton Rouge La.
I am the nephew and namesake of one of the casualties.
My dad was a survivor from the sinking. He used to tell us the story over and over - when we asked for it. He related that he was in a boat, there was a white captain who had his pistol out and was threatening the Indians trying to get aboard and out of the water. He ignored the gun and helped the crew members into a life boat. He was a Sgt. in the signal corps. Trying to track his itinerary afterwards. Jerome Seidel was his name - air traffic/radio operator/controller. Anyone can help tracking the unit? Thanks.
Thank you for all the work you have done to let Americans and the world know about this tragedy. My relative, Harold W White, was not a survivor. He died of injuries from this fateful day.
The Rohna Association and members helped me to learn about the tragedy and the Freedom of Information helped me get the service record.
Again, Thank you so much for the hard work and countless hours;
Albrecht, Paul E., T/4, 38027398 is my uncle. Until a documentary showed up on the Military Channel, all we knew was a ship in the Mediterranean.
I am so sorry for this secret being kept from the public for so long. As a family member of both Jewish prisoners of WWII as well as a family member of allied service members, I can somewhat understand the desire for the Allies not to have the use of the German guided missile known. However, the rest of the coverup is devastating to here. The heroism and will to survive is astounding to read. Thank you to the survivors and families of survivors for service during this most critical world war.
My pop was on this ship and survived. His name was Fred (Frederick) Pratta. I am not sure if he is listed, however, his name is not listed on the survivor website.
my 2nd cousin, PFC Raymond J Mainville Jr (31254524), I recently discovered, died as a result of the Rohna disaster. He was from Rutland, Vermont and the son of my Godparents. I never met the man but his stone is next to my mother\'s in the family plot and I\'ve always been curious as to how he died. His family is all gone now except maybe a sister in the Rochester, N.Y. area. My recollections of how he died was explained that he was lost in the Pacific, not the Mediterranean. Purposeful misinformation? I just wanted to touch base and say that there are people like me who would like to know more. Would you recommend any of the books on the Disaster? Thank you so much, Rick Manning Colchester, Vermont
nephew of Charles A Holland lost at sea pfc 34442495 mc
This is the ship that my father, James C. Myers was on in WWII. Fortunately he survived this. RIP dad. People every day are learning about your story!
My Uncle was ..... Horton, George W., Pvt., 37397555 CE. PLEASE if anyone out there knew him, PLEASE let me know. I also have a video called THE ROHNA DISASTER and I will be more than glad to make a copy and send it to the gentleman (Richard Steele) looking for more information. I got books on the internet that were about this disaster. It made me so mad to learn of the government keeping this hush hush! My grandparents died before they ever knew what really happened to their son.