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Fred Pratta wrote on January 1, 2015 at 1:42 am:
I am Fred Pratta, Jr. and my dad was Staff Sargent Fred Pratta, 31st Signal Corp. He survived the sinking of the HMT Rohna and was able to complete his job throughout the CBI campaign. He returned home after the war never to speak of his experience on that fateful day. It wasn\'t until a rare form of cancer had invaded his body that he began opening up about his day in the water. He owes his life saving to a fellow soldier George Liegle, Manny Dianna, Joe Dickerson. Uncle Manny and Uncle Joe were his best friends after the war but I never heard them speak of the sinking. Min and Joe attended the reunions but dad never wanted to open old memories. He died in 1983 from that insidious cancer taking his memory of that fateful day with him. I wish he would have shared with me and my brothers what it was like that day. We actually grew up not really knowing the man. He was a great father, loving husband, loyal friend, wonderful brother etc. One would never know what truly lied deep within his memory and what he saw and experienced during his 3 years over seas.
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