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Alison Xanthus Alison Xanthus from Carle Place, NY wrote on June 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm:
Good Afternoon. I am humbled by all these stories and the bravery of every soul aboard that ship. My grandfather, Peter Xanthus, was part of the 31st Signal Heavy Construction Bn. who survived the Rohna but has since passed (2008). I never really spoke with him of his experience and I regret that now but I wanted to reach out here to see if anyone has any stories about him. Were you with him in the water or on the ship when it got hit? Or maybe a family member of yours has spoken of him? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and God Bless.
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MONIQUE LEONARD MONIQUE LEONARD from KANSAS CITY wrote on May 26, 2020 at 2:49 pm:
My grandfather, Ralph V. Sifuentes, died on this ship.
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Raul F Flores Raul F Flores from San Antonio wrote on May 26, 2020 at 12:11 am:
today memorial day we were privileged to place flowers at the memorial plaque of Robert P Flores his plaque is at El Templo Cristiano Church on El Paso Street in San Antonio Texas, he was killed on the Rohn
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Sheryl Ann Dunn Sheryl Ann Dunn from Lancaster wrote on May 17, 2020 at 10:27 am:
Thank You so much for letting families have some closure. My Uncle was William DeLameter. I never knew him, but was told he was a very kind person and that he loved his mom very much. My grandmother has long passed, she never knew how he died, it was a terrible shock to her, she never really recovered. William had a brother, whom we lovingly called Uncle Abbie and two sisters Dorothy and Lisle. they also have passed and never knew the truth. I first learned of the history a few years ago from my cousin Paul Abbie's son, whom has been searching for this history for awhile. I truly appreciate all the hard work that was done to bring about the truth, of these heroic soldiers, and to bring them home. May God Bless. Thank you Again
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Vincent Kruse Vincent Kruse from Fort Pierce wrote on May 8, 2020 at 3:43 pm:
I am originally from New Jersey. My Grandfather, Pvt. John F Kruse was one of the men that did not make it home. He was killed on the Rohna. I did not learn about my Grandfather's death until the year 2000. I just want to say that I pray for all the families that have an attachment to the Rohan like I do. I hope to one day be able to see his Purple Heart. Thank you TRSMA for keeping the Rohna Families in your hearts. God Bless.
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WILLIAM P KING WILLIAM P KING from Salem wrote on May 3, 2020 at 2:15 pm:
My Uncle, John King, just past away on 5/1 at 95 years old. He was a signalman second class on the USS Pioneer (AM-105) and usually was stationed on the mast above the bridge with his flags or the signal light. Just recently he shared a memory of that night. During the rescue he used the signal light to scan the waters around the Pioneer for survivors. Like most he was sworn to secrecy and honored the oath for most of his life.
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Lisa McNulty Lisa McNulty from Boston, Massachusetts wrote on March 23, 2020 at 12:12 pm:
My cousin is Staff Sargent Francis McNerney. I'm wondering if there are pictures of the crew and if anyone is alive that remembers him please contact me. Thank you.
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Billy Edwards Billy Edwards from Plant City Fl wrote on February 27, 2020 at 5:45 am:
I am so sorry for the way you guys were treated by the VA and US government.. I am so sorry for the families that lost love ones and never found out how these heroes were lost. I will remember your sacrifice for the rest of my life. I read all of the names of lost and survivors god bless all. Freedom is not free
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Dennis Hume Dennis Hume from Newcastle, Australia wrote on November 26, 2019 at 12:47 am:
Thinking of you on the 76th Anniversary. Dennis Hume Grandson Captain T.J.Murphy
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Jill Persick Jill Persick from Oconomowoc wrote on August 11, 2019 at 6:31 pm:
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!
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Cheryl Richardson Cheryl Richardson from Vancouver WA wrote on July 20, 2019 at 2:59 am:
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,
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Nancy Dice Nancy Dice from Salt Lake City wrote on July 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm:
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.
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Denise Maccari Denise Maccari from Philadelphia wrote on June 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm:
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.
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ERNESTINA EGUIA ERNESTINA EGUIA from DALLAS wrote on June 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm:
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
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Tom Guilbault Tom Guilbault from Wilbraham, Ma. wrote on May 26, 2019 at 5:14 pm:
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.
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Jason Nark Jason Nark from Philadelphia wrote on May 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm:
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 narkj@phillynews.com
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Kris Lofgren Kris Lofgren from Caledonia wrote on April 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm:
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. rockwellofgren@gmail.com
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Larry (Zimmerman) Mason Larry (Zimmerman) Mason from Marengo. IL wrote on March 26, 2019 at 1:01 am:
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.
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Mark Bastian Mark Bastian from South Williamsport, PA wrote on March 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm:
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.
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Tim cheverria Tim cheverria from Tucson wrote on February 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm:
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
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Mary Fender Mary Fender from Independence wrote on January 15, 2019 at 2:51 am:
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.
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Tracey Bannon Cullen Tracey Bannon Cullen from San Diego wrote on January 11, 2019 at 5:57 pm:
Hi Everyone! Does anyone know the date of the next reunion in Virginia Beach? Also the venue if possible. Thanks!
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HERMAN KEESEE HERMAN KEESEE from BIGLERVILLE wrote on December 19, 2018 at 5:16 am:
My Fathers name is Andrew E. Keesee
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HERMAN KEESEE HERMAN KEESEE from BIGLERVILLE wrote on December 19, 2018 at 5:15 am:
My Fathers number was 33521064. He said it so much as we were children the I remembered it.
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HERMAN KEESEE HERMAN KEESEE from BIGLERVILLE wrote on December 19, 2018 at 5:12 am:
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.
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