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.
My name is Jeffrey Gray and my grandfather, John Lincoln Gray, 853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Eng, was one of those who lost his life aboard the Rohna. I only learned of the details surrounding my grandfathers death in the last few years and I would like to get in touch with anyone who may have known him. He was from West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Anyone?
My uncle William Carl DeLamater serial# 39262653 AAF is said to have died aboard the Rohna.
Birth: Oct. 17, 1920
Death: Nov. 27, 1943, At Sea
USAAF WORLD WAR II
Passenger Tech/5th. Class William De Lameter DIS
Unit: 322nd Fighter Control Squad. Aviation
Awards: Purple Heart
As a follow-up to my previous post about my father, Rohna survivor Arnold R. Wilde.
We are not related to any of the other Wilde\'s on either list. My Grandfather Wilde was Latvian. He changed the spelling of our name from Vilde to Wilde and pronounced the \"e\" after immigrating to America.
My Dad, Arnold R. Wilde, passed away April 26, 2013 at the age of 95. He retained a sharp mind right up to the end. I miss him so very much as well as my mother who passed away on June 6, 2003. My siblings and I are the most fortunate kids in the world to have the parents we did.
Michael M. Wilde
My father Arnold R. Wilde was a survivor of the sinking of the Rohna. He was a Captain at the time and Battalion Adjutant of the 853rd Engineer Aviation Battalion. As did many, Dad spent several hours in the Mediterranean and was one of those rescued by the Pioneer. His legs were badly burned during the incident. He also distinctly remembers being in Bougie not Phillipveille. Whether he was transported to Bougie after disembarking in Phillipeville or not I do not know or recall him saying so.
He rarely if ever mentioned the ordeal of the Rohna until he was well into his 60\'s as I remember. I was a caregiver for him for several years. I am also a Navy veteran. Those who served in the military talk to others who served in a way difficult for others to completely understand. Most of the things he described are too horrendous to mention but remained vivid -- permanently etched in his mind. He recalled the surrealness of the ordeal. He finally jumped ship with a fellow 853rd officer James Stewart (not the actor). He also mentioned the fire from the Rohna lighting up the surrounding waters and how the strafing went on until the Rohna sunk and the fires dissipated.
He doesn\'t exactly remember what it was he and others were holding onto once in the water. Some piece of the Rohna. But he described riding the waves. How they would ride up a wave and go under the next wave on a rhythmic basis -- up on one and other the next. He said everytime they went into or under a wave he didn\'t know if he had the strength to hold on. Some didn\'t. In other words, he doesn\'t know how he survived and why others didn\'t.
Dad went on to India with a remand 853rd and crisscrossed India building airfields in support of the Burma campaign. Dad was discharged at the rank of Major in 1946.
Albrecht, Paul E., T/4, 38027398 is my uncle and he was previously listed as buried, not MIA.
Can anyone who is helping to organize the next Rohna Reunion provide information on when and where the reunion will be held.
Thank you very much,
Greetings from Australia! My grandfather was aboard the Banfora as a gunner during the attack on the Rhona. I\'m interested to hear from surviving members of the Rohna and Banfora or any other related information. Cheers!
I\'m From South Carolina- May All those lost rest in peaase and know they are not forgotten
I\'m doing research on Pennsylvania native Jack D. Hackett, Pvt., 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, Air Corp, for his niece who is my neighbor and doesn\'t have a computer. He was only 19 when he died (missing) while being transported on the Rhona. If anyone has any information about him (especially from that time) that I can pass on to her, it would be greatly appreciated. I did find that he is memorialized on the Tablet of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.
To the men and solders who were on the HMT Rohna God Bless.
I just finished watching your story on one of the History Channels. I\'m sorry I did not learn of it sooner. I want to thank you for your service and great sacrifice. I can\'t imagine the pain of what you went through, not only in the war, but in the denial of our government to you and your service. My dad was with the Navy in the Pacific in WWII. I have a brother who was a Marine, a brother who was in the Air Force and I the Army. None of us have ever come close to giving to our Country as you. I am proud of the service and sacrifice you have made to secure the freedom I enjoy today.
God Bless You all
My grandfather, William H. Milner was a Rohna survivor. He was a member of the 853rd Engineer Aviation Battalion, and served the remainder of his wartime service in India. Like many others have mentioned here, he never spoke of his war experiences with his children, but I had the opportunity to interview him in 2009 and record some of his experiences about this disaster. He passed away yesterday, January 4, 2014.
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.