Just found this roup..My dad\'s cousin Pvt. Arnold Ostman was lost on The Rohna, I understand he was an infantryman, the ironic thing was that he was in The Merchant Marine and he left that for the Army because he was worried about getting shipwrecked.
I am the only child of Alphus Ragsdale Roland. My father died on the Rohna. He enlisted in Lubbock, Texas, in 1942. His home was in Amarillo, Texas. He was married to Lucille Wyatt. I was born just two weeks (11-12-43) before Dad died on the Rohna. If anyone has any information about my Dad I would appreciate hearing from you. My family is all gone, and I know very little about Dad. I found out about the Rohna on the NBC nightly news with Tom Brokaw and have since been searching for information about the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the Rohna. Any information would be a blessing. Linda Wendling, Haxtun, Colorado
Great nephew of Pvt Herbert E Rayburn. 853 Eng BN aboard the Rohna. MIA and later changed to KIA.
Wash looking for information on my great great Uncle Archie A Dalton. None of the family had much information, but I was able to track down the date he was listed as lost, and from there I was eventually able to find his name on the list of those lost on the HMT Rhona. Your sight will let me explain why there was never any real information given to the family, thank you.
Just stopped by to pay my respects on behalf of my late father , Robert Porter.
God Bless all of those still remaining.
This story I watched today brought me to tears. So many young lives lost in an instant, leaving the survivors and loved ones without answers to such a national tragedy. I am beyond stunned that this remained a secret from the world for over five decades.
God Bless all those lost during this tragedy at sea. How sad that it took so long to learn about the HMT Rohna.
I have a history degree and taught school however today watching the Military channel is the 1st I\'ve heard of the RHONA. God Bless y\'all! Thank you for your sacrifice & service!
Hi there just watched a program on your ship. Thanks for your service and being part of our country\'s greatest generation.
My grandfather was Robert Engelbert
I am the granddaughter of Robert F. Pace, Jr. My mother, Jeannine (Judy) Bass ( née Pace) was 2 years old when her father died. My mother has her father\'s Purple Heart and flag which I saw as a child. When I asked what had happened, Mom could only say he died on a ship during WWII. In the last couple of decades she finally learned the full story. Her mother, Evelyn Forrest, died in 1983 without ever knowing the details. Thank you for all you are doing to give the details of this tragedy and remember the men it took from us.
My grandfather was James Earl Steely
I remember as a young boy my father telling me stories of being aboard this ship. He did say it was attacked by a rocket but what I remember most was he always said so many were lost due to the fact that their life preservers were belts designed to inflat and be worn under the arms. He said most people wore them low around the waist and when they went into the water theey inflated and were upside down thus drowning due to not being able to right themselves.That bothered him a lot. He served in the CBI during WW2, the S. Pacific testing Atom bombs in the 50\'s and retired in 1966. He passed in 1995 due to a rare bone cancer.
My grandfather was on this ship that day and rarely ever talked about it
His name was Floyd Calvin Tressler
I am Stephen Green. My grandfather was Theodore Emmett Green 853rd engineers, killed in action aboard the Rohna.
My father was on board when ship went down. He survived,but has since passed on . Me being his son, was wondering if I could attend to learn more about it?
My uncle John Charles Cameron was aboard the HMT Rohna
My father was on the USS Pioneer from the beginning until he was taken off wounded with the Rhona Surviovors. Until November of 1993 If asked all my father would say was he was wounded while on a convoy. All that changed when a letter came from John Fivet asking my dad to call him. Only then did he tell the story of what really happened that night. When asked why he never said anything before his answer was \"we were given an order not speak about what happened.\" My dad was a gunners mate and had just cleared a jammed machine when they were straffed and he was hit in the leg. He carried that shrapnel until he passed away on October 3, 2013. He told many stories of his time in the Navy and that November night so long ago. One story he told was that when the germans launced one of their bombs that the captain could see it heading in their direction and gave orders to hard right rudder. The sailor at the helm that night was Ron Wright and dad gave him credit for manuvering the ship out of the path of the bomb. My dad attended a reunion in columbus Ohio and with my mother was looking at some of the displays when a gentlemen came up to him and said your the sailor that gave me your life jacket. When dad was hit they took him to the galley and laid him on a table to work on him. I guess dad just knew if they were hit that he wouldn\'t make it. I would like to on behalf of my family thank John Fivet for writing that letter and getting my dad to finally talk about the Rhona.
I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the official loss report and investigation on the RHONA sinking? There is a group interested in potentially producing a documentary on this event, including a search for the ship off Algeria. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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