A Score to Settle – Stanley A. Drajewicz

A Score to Settle – Stanley A. Drajewicz

We received this letter from Kaitlin Drajewicz, the granddaughter of Stanley Drajewicz who was a member of the 322nd fighter control squadron and a survivor of the Rohna.  She was going through paperwork and found this typewritten memory of his time before joining the...
Nels Quam

Nels Quam

When World War II broke out Nels Quam was 49 years old. He had served in the military in World War I and now again wondered what he could do for his adopted country. He was too old for the military. As a teacher and Superintendent of an Iowa school district he...
Convoys Never Stop

Convoys Never Stop

From an Interview Of Aaron Weinstein and Jeff Sparks by Adrienne Moore – Public Relations Department, American Red Cross Part one Jeff Sparks stood beside his cabin-mate, Jack Harrigan, on the promenade deck, and watched the battle of bombers and Spitfires....
Harrell Jones, The Red-headed Sailor

Harrell Jones, The Red-headed Sailor

One crewman, Harrell Jones of the Pioneer, remembered by many survivors for his bravery, was affectionately labeled “the red-headed sailor.” Jones left his gunnery position to get in the water with a rope tied around his waist and fastened to the ship at the other...
Marvin Marx

Marvin Marx

The following story was written by Marvin Marx, survivor (deceased) and was donated by his son Michael Marx. THE REAL THING Written by Marvin A. Marx 26th Fighter Squadron 5th Fighter Group CACW 14th Air Force On the second day out, on what was to have been a 40 day...
Charles J. Williams

Charles J. Williams

Thanks to Charles J. Williams of Orina, California for sharing his experience in the ROHNA sinking. Charles has recently found the ROHNA Survivors Memorial Association via this web site and would be very happy to hear from his old buddies. He was with B Company, 31st...
Andy Fetsko

Andy Fetsko

Thanks to Andy Fetsko for contributing the following story of his experience with the 31st Signal Heavy Construction Bn. and the Rohna. Andy’s story has been edited slightly. . . . I entered the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Camp Campbell, Kentucky along with...
Philip Morgan

Philip Morgan

Thanks to Philip Morgan, who was on board the Rohna with the 44th Portable Surgical Hospital, for sharing a few memories. Phil has just recently “found” the RSMA through a series of chance happenings, including a newspaper article, Carlton Jackson’s...
Clyde L. Bellomy

Clyde L. Bellomy

Bellomy Story Clyde L. Bellomy, GM1C U.S.S. PIONEER Our thanks go to Clyde Bellomy who shares his own audio taped story of his experience as a member of the Pioneer Crew. We are pleased to include this manuscript of the tape as it provides another perspective and...
George Straty

George Straty

Contributed by George Straty, AACS, Survivor I want to tell you about Jack Sparacio. We were down in the bowels of the ship. Joe Confer could probably tell you exactly where. Some of the guys were crowding the few portholes and describing in excited voices what they...