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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E

E

Earhart, Richard E. AI-826-A
Eckler, Henry C. AI-826-A
Edwards, Charles S. CE
Edwards, Greg
Ellis, Thomas L. AC
Ellison, Charles W. AI-826-A
Emson, Bob
Engelbert, Robert P. * CE
Epifano, Ray SC
Epstein, Samuel P. CE
Ertl, Anthony G. CE
Evans, Gay
Evans, Calvin, Sr.

F

Faber, John J. CE
Farrell, Robert E. Med. Corps
Fell, Ralph A. AC
Fehler, Lloyd C. AI-826-A
Ferguson, Leonard
Ferguson, Richard AACS
Fern, Roy H. AC
Fetsko, Andy SC
Fetterman, Russell E. AI-826-A
Fievet, John * AI-826-A
Filbrun, Robert G. Med. Corps
Filipchick, Joseph AACS
Finch, Charles F. * AACS
Fiorentino, Joseph A. AACS
Firstman, Robert
Firstman, Rubin AACS
Fish, William (Ham) * SC
Fitzgerald, Kenney
Fitzgerald, Thomas W. AI-826-A
Flamand, Leo J. CE
Flath, Chester A. * AI-826-A
Flick, Paul SC
Flood, David, PFC CE
Flowers, Benjamin L. * AI-826-A
Floyd, Mayford CE
Fodor, James E. AC
Fonte, Vincent J. AI-826-A
Forcier, Hollis E. AC
Fortinberry, Henry A. AI-826-A
Forwood, William M. Jr. CE
Fouhy, Charles E. Jr. * AI-826-A
Fowler, Bill
Frank, Allan J. * CE
Frazier, John C. AI-826-A
Freeman, Donald A. AI-826-A
Freeman, Gharon O. CE
Fremuth, Edward CE
Freidman, Sol (Friedman) AACS
Fridley, Ira V. CE
Friend, Gilbert AI-826-A
Frinsko, Frank Jr. AC
Frolich, Col. A. J. CE
Funicello, Joseph D. CE
Furler, Walter H. AACS

G

Gaal, Julius M. AC
Gahwiler, Albert
Gaines, Irwin R. AACS
Gallegos, Benito J. CE
Galvin, John J. AI-826-A
Gartner, Paul MC
Gartska, Edward CE
Gault, Albert W. AI-826-A
Gautreaux, Joseph H. CE
Geffort, Leslie *
Gentlecore, Daniel AC
Geraci, Nicholas AI-826-A
Gerrard, Kenneth
Gerstenmaier, Charles I. AI-826-A
Giambalvo, Oasquale CE
Gianacopoulos, John AACS
Gibson, J. B. AD664 A
Gikas, Gus AACS (AI-826-A)
Gilbert, Kenneth E. AACS
Gleason, Wesley B. CE
Goen, Ernest G. CE
Goettel, Donald 31st was he on Rajula
Goldberg, Robert AACS
Goodall, Albert B. 2nd Lt. AACS
Goodwin, Clarence H. CE
Gordon, Earl A. AC
Gough, Harold SC
Goulette, Joseph P. R. AACS
Gouse, John B. AC
Graffia, Joseph Jr. 31st Sig. Co
Graham, William A. CE
Grapentine, Charles R. CE
Graveline, Woodrow J. AC
Gray, William R. AC
Grayko, John  CE
Greeley, Donald P. AACS
Green, David L. AC
Green, Wiley M. CE
Greenberg. Robert I. AACS
Greene, Daniel SC
Gregory, William L. CE
Grifa, Anthony J. AC
Grimes, William A. AC
Grimm, William A. AACS
Grimstad, Goron A. Med. Corps
Groopman, John AC
Gross, Sidney E. AC
Grossnickle, Robert E. CE
Gryn, John Jr. CE
Guilbault, Kenneth AACS
Gurman, Saul AI-826-A
Gustke, Carl AI-826-A
Guthans, Anthony H. CE

H

Halasz, Gabriel SC
Hall, Donald R. AC
Hall, Earl W. CE
Hall, Jewel C. CE
Haller, Jack R. CE (AC)
Ham, Roland Jr. CE
Hanna, Herbert E. * CE
Harris, Bennett L. AACS
Hare, Thomas L. AI-826-A
Harringan, John H. RED CROSS
Harrington, Harold T. CE
Harris, Arthur W. AI-826-A
Hart, John F. CE
Hartman, George Jr. 31st Signal
Hartzell, Richard F. Jr. AI-826-A
Haskins, John W. AC
Hauck, Leroy (1) AACS
Havern, Michael P. AC
Hayes, Robert O. AC
Hayward, Morris G. AI-826-A
Heberle, Henry M. * CE
Heller, Ralph E. AC
Henderson, William H. CE
Herrington, Harry T. CE
Hewitt, Clifford A. CE
Hill, Stanley J. AC
Himden, Hamden F. CE
Hinderer, Larry
Hinds, Frank S. AI-826-A
Hinton, Hugh M. CE
Hitchcock, Lt. William P. AACS
Hodges, Lawrence CE
Hoffman, William (Bill) AI-826-A
Hoke, Isadore F. CE
Holland, Charles A. Med. Corps
Holliman, Thomas
Hollis, James S. 31st Signal Bn.
Hoormann, Joe W. CE
Hopkins, George R. AI-826-A
Horner, Richard S. CE
Horton, Ernest AC
Hostvedt, John R. AACS
Hubble, Harold Earl * CE
Hubing, Norbert H. CE
Hunt, Edwin 853rd
Hunter, Dana AACS
Hvitfelt, Axel E. AACS
Hyatt, Guy H. CE
Hyman, Arthur

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