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Douglas Manuel Douglas Manuel wrote on April 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm:
I never knew of this disaster. I am glad they have received recognition for their bravery and sacrifice.
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Mary Elizabeth Valdez Mary Elizabeth Valdez wrote on April 4, 2016 at 4:01 am:
My father is still with us. He said that the survivors at the time were told not to speak of what occured. So he never told us his story until now that he is old. and he even recieved a purple heart award. Why did the government tell them not to say a word. I want my father to be honored and put his name with honor on the list that he was there and can now talk about what happen.
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David Whithorn David Whithorn wrote on March 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm:
Yesterday, my wife found two little coffee spoons in a box of bits and pieces, little table tennis (\'Ping Pong\') trophies. One of them is engraved SS Rohna, a relic of the ship\'s happier past as a passenger liner around India in the 1920-30\'s. Doing a little background research revealed to us this tragic story - sobering - RIP, and thank-you to these men for our freedom today.
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CAROLYN MOSSE CAROLYN MOSSE wrote on March 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm:
NEVER FORGET
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Robert C Parrish Robert C Parrish wrote on March 18, 2016 at 4:12 am:
Just saw the story about the Rohna on the history channel. I would like to welcome everyone to Dayton, Oh this year for Your reunion. Dayton is My hometown and I am sure You will enjoy the Wright-Patt AFB tour. Hope You get to spend some time at the US Air Force museum. God bless everyone of You and thank you for Your service.
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David Gerstenmaier David Gerstenmaier wrote on March 12, 2016 at 12:37 am:
It with great sadness that I announce the passing of our father, Charles Irving Gerstenmaier. 4-19-1924/3-1-2016. 91 years old. (almost 92:) He was a proud survivor of the Rohna and always attended the reunions until very recently. He mourned the loss of his long forgotten shipmates. He was an inspiration to our family and lived his life with joy, love, happiness and a never ending thirst for knowledge. He was an amazing man from an amazing generation of men. He is survived by Katherine, his loving wife of 67 years, and a whole LOT of family whom they created. Our Dad will be forever missed, and the Rohna tragedy shall never be forgotten. Loving Son, Dave
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David Gerstenmaier David Gerstenmaier from David Gerstenmaier wrote on March 11, 2016 at 5:18 am:
It with great sadness that I announce the passing of our father, Charles Irving Gerstenmaier. 4-19-1924/3-1-2016. 91 years old. (almost 92:) He was a proud survivor of the Rohna and always attended the reunions until very recently. He mourned the loss of his long forgotten shipmates. He was an inspiration to our family and lived his life with joy, love, happiness and a never ending thirst for knowledge. He was an amazing man from an amazing generation of men. He is survived by Katherine, his loving wife of 67 years, and a whole LOT of family whom they created. Our Dad will be forever missed, and the Rohna tragedy shall never be forgotten. Loving Son, Dave
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Robert A. Neveu Robert A. Neveu wrote on March 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm:
This is an awesome webpage to honor those that lived and died on that day. My father ( Robert P.Neveu) was a survivor. He\'s no longer with us , but as long as I can remember part of our Thanksgiving celebration was my dad retelling about this and honoring those that died. He always found it frustrating that there was no information on this tragedy until I found an article in a WW2 publication that told the story. He kept that article until he passed. I just wish he had lived to see this. Thanks to all who worked hard to honor these men\'
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Paul Eric Sandstrom Paul Eric Sandstrom wrote on February 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm:
My grandfather James T. Gillespie as a ship surgeon on one of the liberty ships which delivered servicemen to Algiers- after which they boarded the Rhona.
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Liz Galvin Liz Galvin wrote on February 20, 2016 at 1:50 am:
John J. Galvin Survivor Will be respected Sunday 2/21 @ D\'Andrea Funeral Home Copiague, NY
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Lori Bandini Lori Bandini wrote on January 20, 2016 at 3:19 am:
My Grandfather Joseph Malena from Monesson PA. was a seaman on the Rohna when it was bombed. My mother recalls having two uniformed Naval Officers come to their home and tell her mom of the fate of her husband. There is still a sadness in my mothers heart as she learned of the tragedy after her mother had passed as was not able to tell her of the secreacy of the mission and that is why the media was not able to talk about the truth of the Rohna for years. Problem is my grandfather\'s name doesn\'t appear on the list as deseased or missing on your website. However, my mother is determined that she was told by the V.A. that there is a memorial with her father\'s name somewhere in North Africa. How can we find out more information?
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Mary Ellen Benevides Mary Ellen Benevides wrote on January 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm:
Hi, I am hoping someone can help me or point me in the right direction, I work in Fall River Ma and know a man named Manuel Carvalho, he claims he was on the Rohna when it was bombed and has many firsthand accounts of what went on. He remembers it like it was yesterday despite his age.... the problem is, the VA says they have no record of him because all records were destroyed, how can we prove he was there and how can we get the VA to acknowledge his service? He is 92 years old and I feel he will never get the acknowledgement or answers he deserves. Please contact me ASAP so we can validate his service. Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you! If anyone remembers him, please contact me!
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David Hale David Hale wrote on December 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm:
My name is David Hale my uncle Charlie B. Hale served on the Rohna and went down with the ship. I wish I would have known him I know he\'s in a good place. I\'m very proud of him for serving his Country God Bless.
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Patricia A. Galvin-Parton Patricia A. Galvin-Parton wrote on November 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm:
My father John J. Galvin is a Rohna survivor and is currently 94. He was originally from Brooklyn, NY and now Long Island. My brothers and I grew up with stories about the Rohna. His location on the ship was pretty high up and apparently not near the escape boats. He and his friends had to jump and unfortunately some of his friends were afraid of the jump and some couldn\'t swim. He talked about the Dolphins and holding on to hatches in the Mediterranean Sea while waiting to be rescued. His hands were burned and he stayed in a British Hospital in India. He made each of his 3 children learn how to swim before we started kindergarden and we each had to be able to jump off of a diving board into his arms. I will never forget those stories. Thanks for this wonderful website. I was showing him the pictures. Wherever he is, he always goes to Mass on November 25. In 2000, we were in the ancient town of Rothenberg and drove for miles to find Mass on Nov 25. His friends on the ship were never forgotten.
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Donald Sellon Donald Sellon wrote on November 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm:
Proud son-in-law of Frank Schulz, survivor, now 96 years old and a remarkable human being!
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Teresa Arnold Teresa Arnold wrote on November 12, 2015 at 1:23 am:
My great Uncle Rodolfo Rojas - My grandmother\'s little brother. How do I get a military picture. I had one but I can\'t find it. All his siblings have passed. Thank you
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Dr Joan M Biello Dr Joan M Biello wrote on November 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm:
My father, Anthony Biello, who was in the Army Corps of Engineers, was a survivor of the Rohna disaster. Sadly, he passed away in March 2006. He never liked to talk about \"the ship,\" and always suffered on Thanksgiving Day when he thought about all the men who died. He could not swim and said someone had taken off his life jacket and put it on him. For many years, my father would go to church and light a candle for all those who perished. It is only fitting that on Veteran\'s Day we all light candles for all those who passed in service to our country.
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Hal Johnston Hal Johnston wrote on October 11, 2015 at 2:34 am:
My dad, Hal Johnston, was on the HMT Banfora that was part of the convoy...are there any members here that were on the Banfora?
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Christina A Montez Christina A Montez wrote on October 8, 2015 at 3:33 am:
I am trying to locate Raymond P. Alvarado, his wife, Emily or family. They are my godparents, and I have lost track of them. I am from Denver, Co. and now live in San Diego, CA. My father Larry, has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer\'s, my mother Mary, passed away in 1998. If someone can pass the information on to him or his family, I would be very thankful.
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Eileen Welsh Ruske Eileen Welsh Ruske wrote on October 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm:
Just a follow up on an email I sent yesterday regarding my Dad, who is a survivor of the Rohna disaster in WWII. His name is not listed on the survivor list and our family would like to inquire into this matter. Our Dad turns 100 years old on January 4th, 2016. We are having a birthday party for him at which time we would like to present him with some visuals on his service in WW II. Is there any way someone could contact me regarding this? Our Dad is very much \" with it\" , great memory, still plays golf once a week ( is playing right now as I type this!!), he walks without assistance and is very conversant. He served in WW II in the United States Army and has told us that he was on the Rohna when it was bombed. His tour in WW II involved Northern Africa/Italy and China, Burma and India. His name is Raymond Timothy Welsh and he was born in Staten Island, New York. He had three brothers that also served in WW II. My cell phone number is 703-463-7809. Thank you so much!!
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mark kaake mark kaake wrote on September 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm:
just watched the story about the rhona on the history channel.so sad for all the lives and families that were affected including mine after hearing the story.more sad than anything is our government covering it up and too think of how many other cover ups they are involved in where love ones are not accounted for in time of war very sad god bless
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Jerry H Moore Jerry H Moore wrote on September 10, 2015 at 12:11 am:
I recently was doing family research and decided to search the date of my uncles death, 11-26-43. Much to my surprise the sinking of the Rohna came up. I knew that he had died on a ship near Africa but had never heard any details. His name (James H. Kemp, Cpl, 14018829, AC) was on the casualty list. He does not show up on the burials at the North Africa American Cemetery. Is there a list of names available for the wall of the missing? Our family had a funeral for him with a casket in Columbus, Ga around 1950 (I was very young and don\'t remember the date) but as I remember there was speculation that his body might not be in the casket. Were there any bodies transferred home after the war? I bought the book \"Rohna Memories\" to find out more of the details of his loss. It was a used book and contains signings of several of the authors. It is a great contribution to the history of the war.
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Bruce Brown Bruce Brown wrote on September 5, 2015 at 12:53 am:
I only just learned of this tragedy because your group is considering our hotel for a 2016 meeting. I was curious about the tragedy and am saddened to hear of the scope of lives lost and the secrecy that went on far too long. I have more than a passing interest in WWII maritime warfare as my Grandfather was a Merchant Marine in the South Pacific. I am stunned I never heard of this before. Seems like I have a bit more research to do. God Bless all of you! Bruce
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Marcia Scheppler Marcia Scheppler wrote on June 19, 2015 at 2:29 am:
Jack Sparacio was my uncle. George Straty wrote that my Uncle Jack died saving someone else. I would have loved to have met him. All of the stories that I have heard of him all relate that he was a very caring and funny man. I hope to make a trip to see the Rohna Memorial one day.
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Shane Beatty Shane Beatty wrote on June 7, 2015 at 3:09 am:
My Great Uncle Cletus E. Beatty was a member of the 853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Eng, and perished in the sea in the loss of the HMT Rohna. His body washed ashore in North Africa, was buried there, later reburied in Italy, and then once again disinterred in Italy so that he could be repatriated to his family and to the country for which he made the ultimate sacrifice. He was reburied in Ivy Green Cemetery, Bremerton, Washington, where his remains rest to this day. His younger brother, my grandfather, Gerald Beatty, fought in the South Pacific and along with their other siblings and family members, mourned the loss of Cletus for the rest of their lives.
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