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Rosemary Beever Rosemary Beever from Wausau wrote on September 4, 2017 at 10:43 am:
Question for any survivors: Did anyone know Herbert Weidenbenner? His sister, my mother, is still living at 92 yrs old. He went down with the ship. He was 27 yrs old and in the medical Corp he had black hair & blue eyes from Glennonville Missouri. Anything known about him would-be nice to know. Thank you. My email is Oliverbeever@gmail.com
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Elaine ( Spears ) Grman Elaine ( Spears ) Grman from Staunton, Il wrote on August 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm:
Thank you for the info about my Father, Sgt Earl J. Spears. His extended family, including his great-great- grand children, now know the truth about their brave ancestor. May He now rest in peace.
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Elaine Grman Elaine Grman from Staunton wrote on August 28, 2017 at 5:49 am:
Until rec info from this site, our family only new the Gov't's false story. My Father, Earl Joseph Spears, died on the Rohna and was never found. May God bless all who gave their lives! Thank you for this site.
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Michael Hernandez Michael Hernandez from La MIrada wrote on July 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm:
I am a grandson of a former CBI veteran of the 7th Bombardment Group. Since 2010, I have been assembling a data base of names of men who were associated with the Seventh, and that served in the India-Burma Theater. With nearly 5,800 names in the data base, I have come to learn much about these men and their heroic efforts. I did not know about the tragedy of the sinking of the Rohna until just recently. I look forward to reading about those lost and those that survived. Can you provide me with the names of any of those aboard the ship that had been assigned to the 7th Bomb Group? I have found the name, Charles E. Fouhy, Jr., who was a survivor and was assigned to the Group, and arrived in Theater in February 1944. Thank you for any assistance that you can offer. Best regards, Michael P. Hernandez
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Elaine Grman Elaine Grman from Staunton,Il wrote on June 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm:
My father was lost at sea on this date, during the invasion of Italy, when I was just over two years old. How can I find out if he was on this ship?
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Monique D Sifers Monique D Sifers from Kansas City wrote on June 7, 2017 at 10:14 am:
My grandfather, Ralph V. Sifuentes, died on the Rohna and my dad never met him. I was wondering if anyone had any information that I could pass on to my father.
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Jake Jacoby Jake Jacoby from Hubert, NC wrote on June 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm:
I've just put two and two together. My dad had told me that he lost two brothers in WWII. He said one of them (Edward Jacoby) was lost at sea and not much was known about his fate. This was 30 or 40 years ago. This memorial day I stumbled across and article about the Rohna. I cross checked the dates and ... Bingo the dates matched. Thanks so much for this site and the info it contains for the families that never knew what happened to loved ones!.. I spent time in USMC as a Marine Aviator and have quite a bit of time cruising the Mediterranean never knowing how close I was to where my uncle lost his life. Call sign .. OB1... out
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Brian Richard Allen Brian Richard Allen from Los Angeles wrote on May 31, 2017 at 1:59 am:
Vale, Brave Warriors. Thank you for your service. Thank you, all, for your lives.
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Pat Lowman Pat Lowman from Menifee, cai think my Dad was wrote on May 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm:
I think my Dad was on this boat & survived but went to India from there. His names was James Stephen Broaderick. How would I find out. I am assuming there's a list of men who made it to Burma.
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John porreca John porreca from Odessa wrote on May 29, 2017 at 10:35 am:
A salute to all the troops on the HMS Rohan. Thank you for your service.
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Kirk Smith Kirk Smith from Columbiaville, MI wrote on May 28, 2017 at 6:24 pm:
My uncle Ernie was one of the men lost. I never knew him but through my father's stories about him as he was Dad's closest brother. Dad passed on never learning of his little brother's fate.
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Jennifer Smith Jennifer Smith from Levittown, PA wrote on May 26, 2017 at 11:48 am:
Hi, I’ve recently found out that my Uncle William M Fairhurst was aboard the Rohna. He was a US Army Private from Pennsylvania and was listed as Missing in Action on 11/27/1943 and is listed on this site as a casualty. While I never met him, my mom remembers him fondly. I know it’s a long shot but if anyone has any information or heard any stories about him, I’d be very interested to hear them. Thanks, Jennifer
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Joanne Ramirez Joanne Ramirez from Canoga Park wrote on May 25, 2017 at 11:54 am:
Until I found this website the stories of my Uncle Guy Tramontano were just that, stories. My Mom passed 6 months ago and she never forgot her brother or the story about how he parrished. I wish I'd only have found this website before she died so she could have some closure over her precious brother's death.
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sharon mitchell sharon mitchell from slc wrote on May 21, 2017 at 11:24 pm:
Hi folks, Harry (Harold) Rosen of the 853 was a casualty. I recently had a stone erected at Arlington for him as he was lost at sea. My dad passed away without any information about his brother. Does anyone know anything about him?
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Diane Wahl Diane Wahl from Post Falls ID wrote on April 14, 2017 at 5:51 am:
My uncle Loyal Smith was on the Rohna. He was married with a new baby when he left for war. He was washed ashore at Algiers. My 87 year old mother wonders if any of the survivors remember him.
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Marcy Brod Marcy Brod from Mount Laurel wrote on March 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm:
My 93 year old dad is a survivor of the Rohna. He lives in Marlton, NJ. His name is Robert I Greenberg originally from Phila. Does anyone know how many survivors are still with us?
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Joseph W Hakkinen, PhD Joseph W Hakkinen, PhD from Bastrop Texas wrote on January 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm:
My uncle, Lawrence Lukasevicius from Gardner Massachusetts was one of the many who died on the Rohna. He has one surviving sister, Monica L Lukasevicius (Hakkinen), who will be 102 in April 2017 and still lives in Gardner MA. One of my cousins, James Kraskouskas, from the same home town has organized a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of our Uncle Larry for June of this year. We will be thinking of the families of all those who perished along with our uncle on the HMT Rohna. I appreciate reading the accounts of the survivors of this tragedy. Thank you.
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James Kraskouskas James Kraskouskas from Gardner, MA wrote on January 9, 2017 at 6:30 am:
On June 17, 2017 at 1:15PM we will be having a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for my Uncle Cpl Lawrence Lucasavicius.
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Dennis Hume Dennis Hume wrote on November 26, 2016 at 1:00 am:
On the anniversary of this awful event my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dennis Hume Grandson of Captain T.J.Murphy, Master of HMT Rohna
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Laurie Hiatt Laurie Hiatt wrote on November 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm:
Robert C. Hiatt from Ft. Smith AR was my great Uncle. He was among the 1,015 who died in the attack. He was in the 853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Eng. He was 32 years old and the son of Sherman and Maude Hiatt.
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Brian Paul Thibodeau Brian Paul Thibodeau wrote on October 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm:
I ran into a man last night who told me a story about the Rohna Disaster. He said he was posted to the prow of the ship one moment and in the water the next. On his next posting he was pulled aside by commander, and he was asked where he had been wounded. He replied he was unable to speak about it. The Capt. Pushed for an answer it was the same. The Capt. was able to learn something and put the man up for a Purple Heart. The soldier told him he could not accept the medal -- he would not be able explain it.
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Arron Paskavitch Arron Paskavitch wrote on October 5, 2016 at 5:37 pm:
My grandfather John Paskowski was a great man and almost a friend to me. I remember playing tic-tac-toe with him as a young boy.
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Traci Mills Traci Mills wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:18 am:
My grandfather, Edward \"Pete\" Willeford was on the Rhona and survived the attack. He passed away some years back but our family still honors his service and sacrifice along with all those who served on the Rhona. I hope to some day visit the memorial in his honor. Thank you for continuing to honor those that served on the Rhona.
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Karen Davis Karen Davis wrote on September 26, 2016 at 8:32 pm:
Hello, I write today after doing a little research about the HMT Rohna and finding this website. My grandfather is Wheeler, Sgt. James E. RH705AAA and he was a survivor of this disaster. Sadly, he passed away last week at the age of 97. He led a full life and didn\'t slow down until a few years ago. I am very proud to call him my grandpa and to have him with us as long as we did. My heart aches for all the men that lost their lives that day. May all of the men Rest in Peace. With deepest regards, Karen Davis
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S. Mazanka S. Mazanka wrote on September 25, 2016 at 11:38 pm:
Hi. my relative, Walter J. Mazanka (possibly service # T/5, 36555153 CE or technician fifth grade serv ) served on the Rohna._ Does anyone have pictures, please?_ they would be the only pics we\'d have of him._ Or stories if anyone knew him. _all relatives of his have passed, so I want to get as much info as I can._ {I did buy the Rohna book} Thanks much
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