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Edward Jake Shimp wrote on March 5, 2014 at 11:33 pm:
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?
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Ronald Cameron wrote on February 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm:
My uncle John Charles Cameron was aboard the HMT Rohna
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Jim Croyle wrote on January 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm:
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. Jim Croyle
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Michael Barnette wrote on January 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm:
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. Cheers, Mike mcbarnette AT gmail DOT com
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Michelle Boudreaux wrote on January 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm:
Greetings. I am looking to see if there was a survivor of this ship by the Name of Clarence Joseph Boudreaux . He was my Grandfather. . B. Dec 14, 1906 D. Dec 19, 1955 Merchant Marine ID : Z274905. A.B. Seaman, Bos\'n Mate From Baton Rouge La. Sincerely, Michelle Boudreaux
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Bernard J. Kiernan wrote on January 10, 2014 at 3:16 am:
I am the nephew and namesake of one of the casualties.
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Daniel Seidel wrote on December 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm:
My dad was a survivor from the sinking. He used to tell us the story over and over - when we asked for it. He related that he was in a boat, there was a white captain who had his pistol out and was threatening the Indians trying to get aboard and out of the water. He ignored the gun and helped the crew members into a life boat. He was a Sgt. in the signal corps. Trying to track his itinerary afterwards. Jerome Seidel was his name - air traffic/radio operator/controller. Anyone can help tracking the unit? Thanks. Dan Seidel seideldan@aol.com
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Sheila Berube wrote on December 28, 2013 at 3:17 am:
Thank you for all the work you have done to let Americans and the world know about this tragedy. My relative, Harold W White, was not a survivor. He died of injuries from this fateful day. The Rohna Association and members helped me to learn about the tragedy and the Freedom of Information helped me get the service record. Again, Thank you so much for the hard work and countless hours; Sheila
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JEFFREY BEDNARZ wrote on December 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm:
Albrecht, Paul E., T/4, 38027398 is my uncle. Until a documentary showed up on the Military Channel, all we knew was a ship in the Mediterranean.
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Jennifer S Covey wrote on December 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm:
I am so sorry for this secret being kept from the public for so long. As a family member of both Jewish prisoners of WWII as well as a family member of allied service members, I can somewhat understand the desire for the Allies not to have the use of the German guided missile known. However, the rest of the coverup is devastating to here. The heroism and will to survive is astounding to read. Thank you to the survivors and families of survivors for service during this most critical world war.
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Ryan Pratta wrote on December 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm:
My pop was on this ship and survived. His name was Fred (Frederick) Pratta. I am not sure if he is listed, however, his name is not listed on the survivor website.
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Rick Manning wrote on December 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm:
my 2nd cousin, PFC Raymond J Mainville Jr (31254524), I recently discovered, died as a result of the Rohna disaster. He was from Rutland, Vermont and the son of my Godparents. I never met the man but his stone is next to my mother\'s in the family plot and I\'ve always been curious as to how he died. His family is all gone now except maybe a sister in the Rochester, N.Y. area. My recollections of how he died was explained that he was lost in the Pacific, not the Mediterranean. Purposeful misinformation? I just wanted to touch base and say that there are people like me who would like to know more. Would you recommend any of the books on the Disaster? Thank you so much, Rick Manning Colchester, Vermont
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joe bagby wrote on December 17, 2013 at 12:13 am:
nephew of Charles A Holland lost at sea pfc 34442495 mc
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Dori Myers wrote on December 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm:
This is the ship that my father, James C. Myers was on in WWII. Fortunately he survived this. RIP dad. People every day are learning about your story!
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LORI FOSTER wrote on December 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm:
My Uncle was ..... Horton, George W., Pvt., 37397555 CE. PLEASE if anyone out there knew him, PLEASE let me know. I also have a video called THE ROHNA DISASTER and I will be more than glad to make a copy and send it to the gentleman (Richard Steele) looking for more information. I got books on the internet that were about this disaster. It made me so mad to learn of the government keeping this hush hush! My grandparents died before they ever knew what really happened to their son.
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LORI FOSTER wrote on December 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm:
I AM THE NIECE OF GEORGE WALDO HORTON (DODE). IF ANYONE KNEW HIM, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I NEVER MET HIM AS HE WAS KILLED BEFORE I WAS BORN, BUT BEING THE BROTHER OF MY FATHER, I KNOW HE WAS A GOOD MAN.
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William F Schnell, III wrote on November 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm:
Hello, I am seeking any information, stories, etc. from anyone who may have known my uncle, Charles O. Schnell - T/4, 853rd Engineer BN. Avn. Corps of Engineers. He was assumed to be KIA on the HMT Rohna. Best Regards, William F. Schnell, III
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Patrick Keegan wrote on November 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm:
I am the nephew of Gunner Ernest Keegan who was in the Royal Navy, and i am led to believe he was in charge of the main gun. I cannot find much or any information about him apart that he got his gun crew to safety before manning his gun again and firing at incoming aircraft,i believe for this action he was Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded Oak Leaves. My Father,Who was a gunner in the Royal Artillery never really knew what happened to his brother,just that he was killed in action. After reading some of the statements on here it saddens me that it was kept quiet for so long that Mothers and Fathers passed away without knowing what happened to their children. Also why there is no monument in the U.K for this event that seems to have passed most people by.
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ashwin rao wrote on November 25, 2013 at 9:11 am:
one of the survivor , who is basically indian still alive in a remote village in India .. he is 92 years old . he recounts the horrible incident ... His name is Mr Thomas alva , who stays in mariapura , near pangala ,dakhsina kannada Karnataka , India ..
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Ed Owen wrote on November 22, 2013 at 1:23 am:
Brother of William Alex Owen PVT. 34035988; 853rd Engineer BN.AVN.Corps of Eng. Home town: Asheville, N.C. 14 siblings I was the 14th child born on April 22, 1943
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Mona Gilbert wrote on November 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm:
I\'m the niece of Archie Robert Payne, who died on the Rohna, November 27,1943. I never had the privilege of knowing him. I have heard many stories of what a wonderful man he was. He was my Father\'s Brother. While going through my Aunt\'s treasured things, I found a letter my Uncle wrote to his Mom and Dad. It saddened me to know that this was the last they would ever hear from him. I\'ve read this letter to my only living Aunt, Archie\'s youngest Sister. I wanted to know what happened so started a web search to see what I could learn about this terrible loss of so many soldiers. With the help of my Aunt who is 92 years old gave me some information that got me started. It was very emotional for me to learn what truly happened on that fateful day. My Grandmother and Grandfather and the rest of the family only knew he went missing at sea. I wish I had found this website sooner. I\'ve been reading stories from some of the Rohna survivors and came across Aubrey Williams story. He was in the U.S. Army Air Forces, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, the same unit as my uncle. I was hoping he was still living and maybe he might remember him. My Uncle was from a small town Hankinson, N.D. I would love to know if there are any survivors that might have known him. I wish I had found this website sooner. God Bless all these men living, and who died for our country. I will never forget them and the sacrifice they made for our country. They are true heroes!
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Patricia G.Buse wrote on November 20, 2013 at 6:15 am:
I am inquiring about my Uncle Pvt Joseph Edward Bielski.
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Mary Ann Bunn wrote on November 20, 2013 at 2:26 am:
I always knew my great uncle Robert Filbrun died at sea in WWII. I had no idea what ship or the significance of the fate of this ship. It\'s nice to see this history is preserved for future generations. Thanks to all who has kept these wonderful veterans\' memory alive!
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Richard Steele wrote on November 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm:
My father was one of the survivors of this ship. where can I purchase a book or books on it ? I have tried amazon but never did receive any thing.
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Gerald Cottec wrote on November 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm:
I am pleased to see the new site up and operating. My Father was John Cottec Jr and he was a crewman on the USS Pioneer. Sadly he passed in 2005. We watched the Rhonna special on the History channel together as a family and afterwards, Dad filled us in on details. It was a horrifying story. I know he never cared about being honored or recognized for doing his duty, but not a day went by that he didn\'t think about that day and all the hero\'s that were lost and forgotten by their Government. I for one, will never forget and pass the story on to my children and relatives. God Bless You All!
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