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HMT Rohna Fallen Remembered

1,015 US WWII fallen were lost when HMT Rohna sank. 
We are telling the stories of all of them.

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Casualties from

HMT Rohna

nearly equaled those from USS Arizona

The HMT Rohna was transporting about 2,000 US Army and US Army Air Corps soldiers through the Mediterranean Sea to their destination in Asia. Off the coast of Algeria on November 26, 1943, they were attacked by Heinkel He 177A heavy bombers. During the attack, the first smart bomb (radio controlled) missile deployed in wartime hit the HMT Rohna near the waterline. The impact point was aligned with the hold were many of the passengers were congregating. The subsequent explosion was responsible for a majority of the 1,015 casualties. The remaining died due to their wounds or by hypothermia.


At that time, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Chiang Kai-shek were meeting and it was their decision to “Classify” the attack. We are partnering with The Rohna Survivors Memorial Association (TRSMA) to complete the 1,015 stories prior to the 80th anniversary in November 2023. The full story of the sinking has not been released to the general public and only recently the World War II Museum in New Orleans agreed to incorporate an article about the attack, and to include the HMT Rohna Trailer. 


Jack Ballo is a producer that has completed a documentary of the HMT Rohna. It premiered in New Jersey on November 25, 2023. Each of the 1,015 fallen have now been honored with their own story.

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Read some of these stories here:


T/4 Joseph J. Pisinski

Story by Jack Chisum, Arizona

Parents from Poland. Tobacco worker from New Jersey. Left behind a widow. Read full story here.


PFC Harold L. Bricker

Story by Jack Chisum, Arizona

He had 16 brothers and sisters. Warehouse worker from Pennsylvania.  Read his story here.


CPT Benjamin E. Priddy

Story by John Mier, Illinois

A draftsman and World War I veteran who became a road building company executive. Rejoined Army at age 46 due to his engineering skills. Read full story here.


SSGT Henry P. Salamone

Story by Judith Skillings, Pennsylvania 

Parents born in Italy. Father died on 1931 and mother died in 1942. Eleven brothers and sisters. Meat-cutter from Maine. See full story here.

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CPL Albert Murnan

Story by Pam Baker, Alabama

Ohio metal worker who became a radio operator. His 97 year old sister is still alive.

Read full story here.

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PVT Lynn D. Rives

More details soon.

All of the HMT Rohna fallen stories can be found on Fold3.

 See here.
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Download the Find A Grave smartphone app to read these stories at gravesites


Thanks to our
volunteer story writers

Jack Chisum, Arizona
Project Director 

Norene Allen, Kansas

Anita Ashworth, Alabama

John Avis, New Jersey

Kate Baker, New Jersey

Pam Baker, Alabama

Janne Boone, Florida

Thomas Bowers, Virginia

Steve Brannan, Alabama

Molly Brown, Utah

Randy Buelens, Ohio

Anna Cross, Minnesota

Brianne Ellison, Utah

Bob Fuerst, Alabama

Tom Gorham, Louisiana

Susan Gould, Tennessee

Mary Hanjes, Georgia

Krista Hanson, Minnesota

Kim Hardaway, Tennessee

Kathy Harmon, Pennsylvania

John Haskins, Texas

Debra Holley, Utah

Tom La Padula, New York

Kevin McIntire, California

John Mier, Illinois

Don Milne, Kentucky

Chris Moyer, Pennsylvania

Red Mulvanny, California

Kimberly Nichols, Washington

Doria Owen, Maryland

Mary Peterson, Minnesota

John Shlatter, Utah

Elizabeth Shaw, South Carolina

Linda Simpson, Oklahoma

Judith Skillings, Pennsylvania

Donna Snell, Alabama

John Turanin, California

Donna Wheelehan, California

Charles Woodall, Alabama

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