Jacob Wilson Taylor

Jacob Wilson Taylor

Story of Jacob Wilson Taylor—853 Engineer Aviation Battalion We left Oran, North Africa, destined for CBI Theater aboard Troop ship Rhona. On the morning of November 26, as I waited in line for my turn at a sink to wash and brush my teeth, someone behind me put their...
Jacob Wilson Taylor

Aubrey Williams

I was a T/Sgt. assigned to the 322nd Fighter Control Squadron on that fateful 26th November, 1943. Our squadron had boarded the ship at Oran, North Africa a few days earlier and had been at sea only one or two days before the vessel was attacked and sunk. To our...
Jacob Wilson Taylor

John Groopman

My name is John Groopman. My father was in the Army Air Corps, medical corps in route to China. The following is the only story of the sinking that he wrote down. Story written by John Groopman, Medical Corps This story only dates from the boarding of the troopship...
Jacob Wilson Taylor

Robert J. Porter

Robert J. Porter Army Air Corp Airways Communications System 756 AAF Base Unit (126 AACS Squadron) On July 4, 2004 Robert J. Porter, my father and namesake, finally succumbed to the debilitating effects of Congestive Heart Failure and Leukemia. He fought the good...
Jacob Wilson Taylor

Howard E. Olson

Corporal Howard E. Olson Town of Plymouth, Juneau Co., WI Submitted by Jackie Martin Hufschmid Most Americans have never heard of the HMT Rohna and what happened on that fateful day of November 26, 1943. One Juneau County serviceman was a passenger on this British...
The secret by Kaitlin Drajewicz

The secret by Kaitlin Drajewicz

How could they keep this a secret, of such a wretched thing? The men on the ships were told it was a kamikaze oh y oh y would they lie. Now those men who have passed on, now and then, didn’t know what happened on the fateful night, didn’t know where their...
The secret by Kaitlin Drajewicz

Day after Thanksgiving by Al Riches

Climbing down from the train, the air smells fresh and sweet. As I walk, wet, yellow leaves drift around my feet. The war is over, home at last, can’t believe its true. Brother Al’s already here. He’s been back now since June. Turning up main street, its getting dark,...
The secret by Kaitlin Drajewicz

He Tried to Tell Me by Lorraine Conlin

In memory of my father, Anthony N. LoFrese 853rd Engineers Aviation Battalion I found a scripted poem On paper torn and old The Sinking of the Rohna The story he had told My dad survived the Rohna’s plight November, forty-three He clung to life, beat the odds The ship...
The secret by Kaitlin Drajewicz

The Great Rohna

It was on a Friday evening Just about five o’clock When the great “Rohna” Began to reel and rock. The fellows they all cry What shall we do The ship has been hit And we can’t go through. Our ship was sinking rapidly And going mighty fast We had...
The secret by Kaitlin Drajewicz

The Sinking of the Rohna

We left Oran the twenty-fifth Of November forty three On His Majesty’s ship the “Rhona” And headed out to sea. We had no thought of fear that day Our spirits soaring high, And we never dreamed that danger lurked In that calm and peaceful sky. On the...