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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I

Ingram, George B. RED CROSS
Inks, Camdon W. Jr. AI-826-A

J

Jachim, Stanley W. (J.) CE
Jack, Chester A. CE
Jackman, John E. AC
Jackson, Ulys, Capt. CE
Jacobson, Roy SC
Jaffe, Abraham * SC
Jamieson, John AC
Jesmer, Francis P. CE
Johnson, Charles M CE
Johnson, Roy O. CE
Jones, Robert F. CE
Julius, Ralph
Junno, Paavo AI-826-A

K

Kadis, Abe
Kairitis, George C. AI-826-A
Kalyan, Andrew AC
Kantner, Paul CE
Kaplan, Abraham I. Med. Corps
Kautz, Emery AC
Keefe, D. J.
Keesee, Andrew E. CE
Kempner, Frank AC
Kepler, Owen F. CE
Korslund, Arnold M. Med. Corps
Kelder, Robert B. Infantry
Kellert, Frank W. AACS
Kelley, Howard T. AACS
Kelly, Jack CE
Kennedy, Thomas J. AI-826-A
Kepler, Owen F. CE
Kerns, Richard P. AI-826-A
Kerns, William J. CE
Kerr, Charles B. CE
Kiernan, Bernard J. Med. Corps
Kiley, Eugene, T. AI-826-A
Killian, Jere C. AACS
King, Gerald S. AI-826-A
Kintz, Charles R. AI-826-A
Kinzer, Robert M. CE
Kious, Estil J. AC
Kippel, Robert H. AC
Kirkpatrick, Fred AC
Klehm, Ellsworth C. AC
Kramer, Vernon J. AACS
Kramraj, Edward J. Infantry
Krass, Joseph D. CE
Kris, Robert J. CE
Kroog, Theodore SC
Krumholtz, Ambrose W. CE
Kuberski, Henry J. CE
Kubik, John T. AACS
Kuenick, Walter E. AI-826-A
Kuper, Charles F. CE
Kuperstein, Julius SC
Kuchta, Fred P. AC
Kutchick, Joseph Jr. CE
Kuyath, David CE

L

Lacy, James K. Infantry
La Fontaine, Charles SC
Lamson, Reginald SC
Landry, Vincent J. AI-826-A
Larned, David J. AI-826-A
Laws, Crawford
Leary, Alvin R. Med. Corps
Ledwith, James J. AI-826-A
Lee, Carleton H. CE
Lee, Milton J. AC
Leona, Matteo H. Jr. CE
Leonardo, Peter SC
Levine, Harold
Levine, Saul SC
Levenson, Albert AI-826-A
Levy, S/Sgt Kenneth A. CACW
Lewis, Earl * CE
Livingston, Bennett C. CE
Lofrese, Anthony N. * CE
Long, Cleo R. CE
Long, John C. AC
Loper, James S. CE
Lopez, Jesse H. CE
Lotz, Harold S. AC
Lundborn, Raymond A. AI-826-A
Lunsmann, Elmer G. Med. Corps
Luna, Alfredo CE
Lutgring, Edwin B. AACS
Lynch, Joseph T. AACS

M

Macias, Jesus M. CE
Mahoney, Freeman D. AACS
Majkszak, Arthur J. AACS
Macaluso, Sam Med. Corps
Markiewitz, Louis 853rd Av.Bn.
Marks, Abraham M. * AACS
Martin, George A. CE
Martin, George Ray
Martin, Raymond M. AI-826-A
Martin, Martin R. AC
Martinex, Fred CE
Martino, Nicholas 31st Signal Corps.
Martocke, George M. AI-826-A
Marx, Marvin *
Matteson, Leon Parker AACS
Matthews, William “Billy” RH705AAA
Mason, Wallace 33rd Infantry Replacement Bn.
Mauger, Henry A. Infantry
Mayhew, Clarence F. Jr. CE
Mayville, Kenneth L. AACS
McCarter, Roy Clell * 853rd
McCarthey, Vincent J. AC
McCoy, John D. AACS
McCune, John O. Jr. AACS
McDermott, William S. AACS
McFall, Max Phillip A1826-A
McGee, John
McGrane, Paul J. Infantry
McGuire, Mannie L. AC
McKee, William
McKee, James
McKinney, Ebert (Elbert H.) AC
McKinnon, Arlin D. AACS
McDermott, William S. AACS
McLennan, John J. AACS
McQuatters, Joseph A. RH705AAA
Merker, Tom
Messina, John
Meyer, Arthur W. AI-826-A
Meyers, James C. AC
Michaels, Walter(Also reported as killed) AI-826-A
Michnofsky, Thomas AC
Middleton, Daniel B. AACS
Mikels, Billie AACS
Mikolajczak, Walter J. AC
Miles, Herald E. AI-826-A
Millar, Nelson M. CE
Miller, Mervin L. CE
Miller, Irvin J. AACS
Miller, Jesse L. AC
Milner, William
Minner, Paul H. AACS
Mitchell, George R. AACS
Molek, Leon C. CE
Monger, James R. AACS
Montgomery, Hulon H. CE
Moore, Howard AC
More, Russ AC
Morelli, Victor E. SC
Morgan, Philip Med. Corps
Morocco, Joseph * SC
Morosoff, William * AACS
Morrison, Raymond J. Jr.
Mortenson, Glen
Moskowitz, David P. AACS
Mosteller, Frederick SC
Mountain, Gilbert N. Jr. Med. Corps
Mouse, Harmon K. AC
Muchnick, Simon
Mulvaney, Robert J. P. Med. Corps
Muraca, Cesare RH705AAA
Myers, Jim AC

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