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William P. King wrote on June 21, 2014 at 3:49 am:
My uncle, John W. King, served on the USS Pioneer in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific. He was a Signalman 3/c. He left the Pioneer in Okinawa in the fall of 1945. I\'ve asked him about the HMT Rohna and the events November 26, 1943. At almost ninety years old he is a bit vague about things but I believe he was in an area between the front stack and the bridge section smoking a cigarette when the explosion occurred. It was a place where sailors could smoke undented. He thought a piece of shrapnel might have hit the stack. There is still one thing he can vividly recall about his time on the Pioneer while in the Mediterranean. Unfortunately the minesweeper inadvertently shot down a British plane near Anzio and a very angry English pilot refused to be rescued by the ship.
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