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.
Proud son-in-law of Frank Schulz, survivor, now 96 years old and a remarkable human being!
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
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.
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?
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.
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!!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Are their any survivors who remember Weldon Wald. He was my dad\'s best friend. I was named after him.
Mort Brayer was in the SC: 31st Signal Construction Battalion. He went on to serve in the CBI.
I remember my father, Morten F. Brayer, talking about being sunk on the HMT Rhona a few times. Bad food, the horror of those trapped inside, the escape from the ship, the long hours in the water, and the eventual rescue. His experiences help me appreciate the sacrifices of all veterans that were made to protect their home and families.
On November 27, 1943, I marked my first birthday in CT. The day before, my uncle, Wargo, Albert S., Cpl., 33292627, AAF, perished on the Rohna. When he left the US in September, he had just been married in CT to my Aunt Elizabeth O\'Brien, my mother\'s sister. Thus, I never knew my Uncle Al. But I heard of him from my mother . I know my Aunt Elizabeth mourned him deeply . (She died in 2011.) His brother John Wargo died in action south of Rome in November, 1942 . I cannot imagine the grief John and Al\'s parents and two sisters endured. The men on the Rohna , casualties and survivors, deserve our greatest thanks and praise.
I am hoping someone might remember Albert Wargo and tell me more of his story.
My great uncle Feliciano Garcia with the 853rd engineer battalion perished on the Rohna. After searching several military archive websites I was able to find out a lot of information my grandmother never knew of her brother. If anyone has any pictures of the 853rd please contact me, 940 595-1638. Thank you and never forget our fallen heroes.
Dwight F., Sgt., 19100125, INF
This was my uncle. His family never knew what happened and never got over the uncertainty of his death. His family had his Purple Heart but never his story. Dwight was greatly loved and the youngest of the family. My brother was named after him. I hope one day this story gets the attention it deserves.
My Uncle William J. Schneider was on the Rohna. He was in the 853rd Engineer Aviation Battalion. He did not survive. I like to think his death was quick, with no suffering... My Father Harvey Schneider received a visit at his home with an officer telling his brother was lost at sea. My Father passed away in 1987 never knowing the truth of how his brother died. He talked of him on occasion with sadness in his eyes. He named my brother after him. My brother now holds his purple heart that was sent to my father. William ( my brother ) found out about the Rohna a few years back. Needless to say all William\'s nieces and nephews were very shocked that this was covered up for so long. Also very difficult to think of all the young lives lost that day. William was 19 or 20 years old. Many Thanks for all that serve our country !!!
My name is Halie S. Ellsworth and I was just recounted and amazing story of my great grandfather, John Lincoln Gray, 853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Eng. and I am just in awe. My uncle just explained his entire military experience and his death and how he died on the Rohna ship. I only just found out about this now, May 15th, 2015, and I would like to get as much information as possible about him. Anyone?
I was watching the History channel and found out about the Rohna. It is a real shame the government kept this hidden for so long. The men are heroes.
Thanks for all the work establishing this memorial. I was searching for information on a relative that I knew was killed on a troop ship in WW II but our family thought he was traveling to England. I can now put accurate information in our \"Family Tree\" and for the Find A Grave memorial for 30 year old Pvt. Homer S. Jones, KIA on the Rohna.
My Uncle who I am named after (Philip R Ramos) was killed on the Rohna. My family did not know until I found this site in the late 90\'s
My great uncle (Bill Caskey) was a survivor... and a hero like so many who served in WWII. This story should front and center in history books and taught in classrooms - for shame that it was kept in the dark for so long. A thank you from my generation to all who have or now serve for my freedom, May you never be \'hidden\' but honored.
Sgt Dwight F Bannon 19100125 was an ancestor of mine. He was unmarried at the time of the tragedy and left no heirs. I am his 3rd cousin.