Survivors

This web page contains a roster of those men living and dead, known to have survived the Rohna bombing and aftermath. These survivors are presented here that they may be publicly recognized and acknowledged. This roster is also given that doors may be opened for persons looking for buddies, friends, or family, and to provide a vehicle for establishing and re-establishing contacts.

The actual numbers of US officers and enlisted men that survived the Rohna ordeal is not clear, partly due to the difficulty in establishing an exact count of men who originally boarded the vessel vs the actual number who sailed on her. The troops were loaded on the Rohna at Oran on November 24, 1943, but due to overcrowding many of them were unloaded and transferred to the HMT Rajula, the Rohna’s sister ship. Some outfits were split up in the process.

Later, in the confusion that followed the bombing and sinking of the ship, record keeping was uncertain, conflicting and confusing. (Especially for researchers in later years.) Some names were dropped or lost. Even in the last few years, names of casualties and survivors, not previously reported, surfaced and have since been verified.

Of the estimated 1,981 U.S. military personnel reported on board, 966 survivors were counted. However, one dispatch, dated December 28, 1943, noted that there was a “difference of 24 troops reported above and the number reported missing or dead.”

It is clear that compiling a complete and accurate roster of survivors fifty six years later is a daunting project, especially since many of the survivors have to date, not made their presence known to the association, or may have since passed away. In any case, we are proceeding with information at hand, which includes 718 names and invite any visitor to this site, who is an unlisted survivor, or has information about a survivor not listed, to contact the Association with additional information, using the address below. Survivors who are listed are encouraged to submit any corrections or additions they may wish to make.

 

Breakdown of Units
Aboard the Rohna

CE:     853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Eng.
AC:    322nd Fighter Control Squad., Air Corp
SC:     31st Signal Construction Battalion
MC:    44th Portable Surgical Hospital
AC:     AAF Fillers (Shipment #AD664-A)
AC:     Ground Fillers (Shipment #GH826)
AC:     AAF Fillers (Shipment #1826 A & D)
INF:   ASF Fillers (Shipment #RH705 AAA)

 

The following list includes name, rank, serial number and unit.

 

Index- Please click on the letter to jump to the page/section.
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A

Abbott, Homer J. AC
Adducci, Lt. Joseph P. CE
Albee, George H. CE
Albrecht, Paul E. Med. Corps
Alexander, J. D. CE
Alfaro, Ted M. * AC
Allgood, Ralph W. AC
Almond, Sherman (Toby) CE
Alvarado, Joseph CE
Alvarado, Raymond P. CE
Andrade, Frank AI-826-A
Andrade, Ralph W. AC
Anjeski, Elmer A. AACS
Antalik, August M. CE
Anwyl, Capt. Philip R. AC
Ashley, Edward L. AC
Ashley, Ron
Atkinson, Floyd CE

B

Baber, Ed E. * CE
Baetz, Richard A. CE
Bailey, Clarence J. AI-826-A
Bailey, Tilley
Baird, Aaron CE
Baird, Joe C. AC
Baker, Howard G. AI-826-A
Baldassari, Azio * SC
Ball, Green AACS
Ball, Kenneth W.
Bantley, Eldridge AI-826-A
Barkley, Charlie D. CE
Bartolotta, Louis * SC
Basham, Herbert D. AC
Bauer, Charles * SC
Beard, Capt. Charles F. CE
Beard, Howard G. * CE
Becker, Clarence J. CE
Barry, Norman SC
Biello, Anthony CE
Bell, Warren G. CE
Belton, Clarence C. CE
Benner, Harry Howe CACW
Bennett, Raymond H. Jr. AC
Benoit, Clarence CE
Berra, Charles AC
Bertram, Roy B. CE
Bettin, Sgt. Harold A. AC
Beyar, M/Sgt Herbert CE
Birnbaum, Arthur AC
Bishop, Perry CE
Black, Alvin J. CE
Black, John W. III AACS
Blackman, Hubert O. CE
Blackman, Norman SC
Bobikiewicz, Joseph A. CE
Boersma, John J. AI-826-A
Bogart, Joe * CACW
Boone, Wilmot
Borows, Arthur O. (Borofsky) SC
Bouchard, George A. Med. Corps
Boyd, Robert SC
Boylan, Raymond J. AI-826-A
Braden, Joseph D. AC
Bradley, Grover C. Jr. AI-826-A
Branson, William R. AC
Brayer, Morton F. SC
Breedlove, Eugene C. AI-826-A
Breedlove, Raymond
Brewer, Robert M. AACS
Bronstein, Meyer * SC
Brown, Irvin Floyd CE
Brown, Samuel
Brown, William George, Lt. CE
Bruce, Joseph L. AACS
Bryant, Elward L. AI-826-A
Bryer, Frank E., Tech 4
Buchanan, Edward J. AC
Buchko, Andy AI-826-A
Buck, Noah D. CE
Buckler, J. M.
Budden, Douglass
Burlingame, Schuyler W. CE
Burris, Charlie C. CE
Burton, Lt. Charles E. * AC
Bush, Fredrick CE
Busher, Tony *

C

Caffrey, Lt. Edward F. AACS
Cain, Plemon C. CE
Callery, John R. AC
Calvert, Calvin E. AC
Calvin, John J. AC
Campbell, Arthur, S.Sgt AACS
Campbell, Walter C. AC
Canney, John AI-826-A
Cantner, Paul I. CE
Carrano, Ralph L. 31st Signal Corps
Carter, Lloyd
Carty, Fordyce CE
Casas, Jose V. CE
Caskey, William R. AI-826-A
Castaneda, Henry L. Med. Corps
Castro, Pascual AI-826-A
Cherry, Russell D. AC
Childress, Wilson P. AI-826-A
Chism, Sgt. Charles Franklin * MC
Christensen, Harold J. AC
Christiansen, William K. AACS
Clancy, Charles R. AC
Clonts, James AI-826-A
Coakley, Lt. Louis G. CE
Cochran, Joseph J. CE
Coen, Earl G. AI-826-A
Cohen, Stanley * AC
Coleman, Phil
Confer, Joseph R. AACS
Constantino, Anthony CE
Coon, Harold *
Corbin, Alfred V. Jr. AI-826-A
Costello, Raymond 31st Signal Corps
Costello, Steve AC
Covey, Robert L. AI-826-A
Coy, Wayne L. AI-826-A
Crenshaw, Charles B. AACS
Crivaro, Eugene
Crump, Rodney B. Jr. AI-826-A
Cudak, Anthony
Cullings, Harry M. AI-826-A
Cummings, Charles AC
Curles, Joel W. * AI-826-A
Cuyler, Benjamin

D

Daleski, Daniel D. * AI-826-A
Dankert, Robert
Davenport, George A. AI-826-A
Davis, Alva CE
Davis, Donald J. * CE
Deese, J. C. CE
Del Mastro, Philip SC
Della-Calce, Louis D. AACS
De Rose, William
De Rouen, Elwood J. SC
Deyarmon, Elwood W. CE
Destefano, Bernard E. AACS
Diana, Emanuel * SC
DiBenedetto, Alfred J. CE
Dickerson, Joseph * SC
Diehl, Forrest
Diello, Anthony
Difalco, Joseph SC
Di Lorenzo, Joseph V. AC
DiMarcello, Uresto J. AC
Doberstein, Walter R. AI-826-A
Doherty, Louis E. AACS
Dombroski, Anthony CE
Donnelly, Gerald AACS
Donovan, Kenneth P. AACS
Doyle, Thomas A. AC
Drajewicz, Stanislaw * AC
Drust, John B. CE
Dunbar, Robert H. SC
Dunmore, Frederick W. CE
Durham, William H. * CE

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