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.
Found out about this incident from reading an obituary in the newspaper. The person, Fred Panion, was in the Army Air Corps in WWII and was listed as a survivor of the HMT Rohna sinking. RIP
My father was Laurent (Larry) J. Roger, a Rohna survivor. He would be 100 years old this week. He died in 2005. He didnt talk much about the events surrounding the attack, but he was on deck and saw it all unfold before him. It was an amazing and horrific experience.
Sgt Edward Jacoby was one of 11 siblings to the Jacoby family who lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. His brother, Tec-5 Jacob Jacoby died in the Normandy invasion. While \"Eddie\" is listed \"Lost at sea\", Jacob is buried at Camp Laurent, KIA 4 1/2 months prior to the sinking of the Rohna. They are my uncles, brothers to my mother, Esther Jacoby-Bennett. She was especially distraught over Eddie\'s death, but never really pursued finding out more about his circumstances.
I am a veteran (VietNam) and I am involved in fundraising for a Memorial Garden to be placed next to our Town Hall. My wife and I will be inscribing Eddie and Jacob\'s names on bricks to be used in the construction. Eddie\'s brother, Henry G. Jacoby, served as the Nebraska National Guard State Commander for years.
Thinking of you all on the 71st anniversary. I am TJ Murphy\'s grandson.
My father was on a troop ship in the convoy with the Rohna. He\'d told us the story many times, but just this Veteran\'s Day he recounted how he watched through the porthole as she sank. He\'s 97, and he started crying as he relived the memories. He was with the 96th Signal Battalion and of course ended up in CBI. He couldn\'t remember the name of the ship he was on. If anyone knew it would be greatly appreciated. His name is Victor Moody and he was from Copeland, AR (west of Clinton).
Hello, My Uncle Albert Murnan was on this ship and died in Algiers. Does any one recall him?
My father, Saul Levine who passed away in September,2000,was a survivor of the Rhona tragedy. I am grateful to learn of this website and how it serves to honor the men who gave their lives and those like my dad who were able to continue to serve.
I would very much like to go to Baltimore next year.
My Great Uncle Woodrow, was an actual witness to this terrible event! He is currently 96 and lives with me. None of our family knew anything about this until Woody began sharing stories after being honored through the Utah Honor Flight, with a visit to Washington DC on Sept 18-20, 2014. It has now become my honor to attempt to document all of my Great Uncles stories, and research this event. My uncle did not know the names of any of the ships, but with his descriptions, dates of service and eyewitness details, I have been able to identify The Rohna disaster as his big PTSD event. I am trying to piece together all of the details from the many resources, to attempt to identify which ship my Great Uncle was on. He was on a nearby troop carrier at the time of the bombing, he says adjacent to the Rohna at the time of the bombing. It is apparent that position of ships in the convoy directly before and then after, changed significantly, and so identifying the possible ship that Woody was standing on, is proving a bit difficult. I would welcome any responses from anyone with information about ship names and their relationship location to the Rohna when the bomb struck the Rohna. I\'ve learned that the Atherstone was ahead of the Rohna along with the Coventry. My uncle says that the 4 troop ships formed a square or box. The Rohna and his ship were side by side, and I think the Banfora was behind. One witness places the Orion directly Starboard to the Rohna, which should be the ship that My uncle says he was on. However the statistics of the Orion don\'t match my uncles memory of its size. Woody says his ship had a Gazelle as a mascot. Other accounts place the Pioneer and the Slazak behind the Rohna. Not sure how many other witnesses or survivors still exist, but my uncle would love to write them. Thanks Ren
My uncle was on the Rohna
just wanted to express my gratitude for the ones that gave their life so we may be free.
I just wanted to express my overwhelming gratitude to all who served and died in WWII.....this was a tragic event that should have been explained fully immediately following the incident, you gentlemen were truly part of the greatest generation...and i for one am extremely thankful for your service and sacrifice to your country. God bless each and every one of you.
I would love to meet all of you and shake your hands!
Daniel M. Nation
Thought I would add this in as I was going through memorabilia from my grandfathers time in the war. He was in the 322nd fighter control squadron. While my grandfather was deployed he wrote stories of his time and mailed them back to my grandmother here in the states. I was rereading one of the stories where he and his friend Ernest from New Hampshire also known as \"Homer\" and the story closes with these lines:
\" Our stay in Oran was brief, and in the latter part of November, We boarded His Majesties Ship The S.S. _____: During the night the convoy was formed, and silently slipped away in the shadows of the city.\"