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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N

Nadeau, Albert J. CE
Nadel, Morris
Namerow, Nathan SC
Natoli, Joseph Infantry
Neal, Clarkey L. CE
Neff, Robert H. AC
Neilson, Donald H. AACS
Neveu, Robert P. AI-826-A
Newman, Ivan R * CE
Ney, Walter AI-826-A
Nichols, Raymond D. CE
Noh, Robert P. AC
Norrod, William A. * AACS

O

Obra, Richard CE
Ohly, William CE
O’Brien, Carl J. AI-826-A
O’Brien, Bill CE
O’Conner, Donald T. AACS
O’Neal, C. L. “Bus” (Clary?) * CE
Orsa, John, Sr. Infantry
Orsegno, Pasquale W. Infantry
Osowski, Leonard AC
Overstreet George D. AC
Overton, Henry W. AC

P

Paciello, Samuel D. AACS
Pacheco, Macario A. SC
Palluth, Ervin W. AI-826-A
Palmer, Warren G. Infantry
Panion, Frederick * AI-826-A
Parelli, Alphonse W.
Parker, Daniel H. AACS
Parmentier, A. J.
Partelow, William K. AI-826-D
Paskowski, John SC
Pawlowski, Edward J. AC
Payne, Arnold E. AC
Pelcher, Frank F. CE
Paulseen, Kenneth S. AC
Peach, Richard H. * SC
Peck, Maynard
Percle, Corbett J. AI-826-A
Peterson, Sharon
Pezoldt, David J. AI-826-A
Pezoldt, Joseph D. AI-826-A
Phelps, Louis R. CACW
Philion, Albert C. AC
Phillips, Joe R. AC
Piquard, Eugene H. SC
Pitman, Herbert H. AACS
Ploegert, Robert J. CE
Price, Edwin A. Infantry
Pythian, Richard J. AI-826-A
Pope, James SC
Popkins, Robert
Portelow, William K. AACS
Porter, Robert J. AACS
Porter, Kenneth R. AACS
Porter, Virgil C. CE
Portnoy, Abe AC
Powell, Harvey Housley
Procton, Albert AACS
Prosky, Abraham (aka Procton) AACS
Proto, Charles AI-826-A
Pugh, James T. 31st Sig Hv Cons Bn
Pumelia, Anthony J.

Q

Quam, Nels RED CROSS
Querido, Sidney AC
Quick, William C. * AI-826-A

R

Ragona, Peter J. AC
Raibley, Edgar C. AC
Rains, Roy A. (Ray) CE
Ramirez, Ysidoro R. AC
Ramey, Arthur
Ramsey, Buster B. AC
Randell, Edward S.
Randis, Walter A. CE
Rawson, Roy Tyler, Jr. * SC
Rees, Lewis AC
Reidy, James D. AACS Air Corps
Reiman, Burton AACS
Renzo, Anthony J. AC
Rewkowski, Leo * AACS
Rhines, Milford AC
Rice, Herman E. CE
Risley, Edward S. AACS
Rives, Glen L. CE
Riwkes, Siegfried W. AC
Rockwell, William CE
Rodrigues, Frank AC
Roger, Laurent J. AI-826-A
Rodgers, John L. AC
Rogers, John L. AACS
Rosenfeld, Sam AC
Ross, Robert W. AC
Rosinski, Eugene J. SC
Rosseau, John W. AACS
Rossetti, Paul
Rowe, James * SC
Rudnitsky, Abraham AC
Rund, Clifford A. AACS
Russell, William H. AC

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  1. can’t find my dads name on here he was a survivor of the Rohna I have old papers telling about it His name is Rainey Chester Groff

    mary Groff Throne
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