My father John R. Hostvedt AACS of Milwaukee, WI (deceased July 9, 1968) was a survivor of the Rohna. He spoke very little of the events, only saying he was in the water for about 8 hours, until pulled aboard another ship when he promptly passed out. He was given hot tea, the best tea he'd ever tasted. Thank you for this website!
My grandfather Dr. Wilmot Burgess Boone was aboard this ship and survived. He is no longer with us. There is no rank for him. It’s my understanding that’ he was OSS now CIA, looking for any information. Thank you,
Thank you for telling this story. There are many stories about world war 1 and 2 and the Korean war, yet to be told. My grandfather, Manley B. Dice never talked to me much about the war. How I wish he had talked more.
Hi, My uncle Pvt. William Fairhurst was a casualty on the Rohna. He was from Philadelphia Unit SC. Looking for anyone who might have known him.
Ernestina Eguia married into the family from Dallas, Tx.
God Bless all the lives that were on the ship or witness the horrific tragedy that day it was forever embedded in you lives forever. My husbands great uncle Garcia, Feliciano, PVT., 38425348., 853 ENGR BN AVN. was a casualty on the Rohna. Now his family has true closer of his name being recognized as one of the soldiers. I wish his sister Dolores Garcia Leija our grandmother was still alive to hear this for closure. All she ever knew he is was missing in action the day her mother got the news that day in 1943 that devastated her family of their big brother oldest son of 7 children. I'm hoping my sons can attend the reunion in VA Beach this weekend since they're stationed in Norfolk VA. Going to buy the book to read and know more about it. Thanks everyone for sharing
My Dad was a survivor of the Rohna. He passed away in 2010 at age 88. He didn.t talk much about the sinking of the Rohna He was a radio operator during the war in the CBI theatre.
if anyone knew him, I would appreciate hearing from them.
HI, I'm a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer. I am trying to speak to families of Rohna victims or survivors and, ideally, any living survivors, from Pennsylvania or Southern New Jersey. f you know of any, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Kris Lofgren , and my biological maternal grandfather was Myron B. Seavey , but people called him Mike. He was in the 853rd and was a 1Lt., 0-1103402 CE
He came from Dexter, Maine and left a young wife and 1 yo daughter (my mom).
The only thing my grandmother was ever told was that he was last seen on the ship helping someone go over the side.
If anyone has any information we'd appreciate it!
Based on the research I've done over the years I realize it's most likely that Mike perished when the bomb hit, but you never know! It's worth asking the question.
Thank you and feel free to email anytime.
My uncle Harry Zimmerman was killed on the Rhona. His brother was my dad, Pete Zimmerman who also fought in the Pacific in WWII . My twin brother Harry was named after and in Harry 's honor. He was survived by his brother, my dad, and his sisters Blanche Duchnowski, and Evelyn and Dorothy Pawlow (all now deceased except for my twin.
God bless all of you. I know you will all say you were only doing your job, OK but even so, God bless you men and women that were on the ship that day, and the families waiting all these years for word.
My grandfather william (Ham) fish was a survivor of the rohna I remember the stories he had told me as a child and they have always stuck with me as an adult and I cherish every minute and moment of those times speaking with him . Very blessed and honored to have had such a great man in my life .. if anyone knew of my grandfather or heard of him it be a blessing to hear from you
My grandmother's brother was William Keating. I am interested if he was listed as part of the English military or part of the U.S. troops that were on board the ship when it sank.
Hi Everyone! Does anyone know the date of the next reunion in Virginia Beach? Also the venue if possible. Thanks!
My Fathers name is Andrew E. Keesee
My Fathers number was 33521064. He said it so much as we were children the I remembered it.
My Dad was on the Rohna and survived to go on into CBI and was captured by the Japanese. He escaped and was attached to the Merrills Maruaders.
I would like to honor my Father any way I can.
My father who served in Company C of the 96th Signal Battalion was on the Burma Road for two years.He told me about witnessing a ship sinking next to his and the horror of watching the soldiers in the water crying for help.His story had a lot of similarities with the TV documentary about the Rohna I saw
so I decided to do some research.The 96th Signal Battalion joined Convoy KMF 26 aboard the HMT Banfora which departed Oran Algiers on November 23 1943.The next day the HMT Rohna joined that convoy.The 96th Signal Battalion actually boarded the Rohna by mistake the day before and were relocated to the Banfora.When the Rohna was hit it was in the middle of an air attack by 14 German aircraft and the ship closest to it was the HMT Banfora.My father, a non swimmer was offered to be on deck during the attack in case they had to abandon ship.There he stood for the entire two and a half hour battle, holding onto the ship's railing wearing his helmet and life belt and his boots unlaced for easy removal.There he watched the Roha get hit, catch fire and explode.He saw the oil soaked men in the water screaming for help and was frustrated that the convoy was under orders not to stop for anything..Looking back at this not only was I amazed to be connected to this incredible historic event through my father, but also how close he was to sharing the same fate, first by boarding the Rohna and then by the same type of guided missile missing his ship.My dad died in 1998 but researching this event caused me to reflect on the sacrifice of all members of the greatest generation and the pride I have always felt for my father and his service.Thanks for reading this.
My uncle PV Authur G. Straub (35684593) was one of the casualties of the HMT Rohna sinking. To this day his two sisters (Ages 91 and 85) do not know the truth of his passing. My one Aunt still thinks that he was kill by friendly fire and that is why they never received any detail on his death. The only information they had was that he was killed in the Mediterranean and the date of the attack. Authur's Mom and Dad along with my Mother went to their graves never knowing how Authur died. I have found more information about the attack, name of the ship and other information in the past month then they received from the government over the past 75 years. Any information about Authur would be helpful. He was assigned to the CE Unit.
Thinking of you on the Anniversary.
Grandson of T J Murphy
My dad was a survivor,Cpl.Wayne L.Coy from Syracuse Ind.His best friends were also survivors,Clarence Bailey and Doc Boylen who he remained in contact with until they passed.
Correction to my previous entry. My uncle, James E. Phillips is listed as MIA. No tombstone but is listed on the Wall of Missing I hope. How can I find out?
My uncle, James E. Phillips, lost his life during the sinking of the Rohna. I had no idea there were survivors. My father had said the ship’s name was Kona, and I could find nothing about it. It is a blessing to know he is buried and has a tombstone in Africa. I would love to see it someday.
My grandfather, William H. Foster, was lost on the Rohna, his wife was only 21, my father, their son was 2.
My stepfather, Fordyce Carty was a survivor of this tragedy. He passed away March 13, 2008. May God bless all who survived and all who were lost.