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Welcome to the ROHNA Website. . .

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What is the Rohna website all about? First a little background saxo bank charges.

On November 26, 1943, during WWII, one thousand, one hundred and thirty eight men perished when a British troopship, the HMT Rohna, was attacked from the air and destroyed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria. Two important but virtually unknown historical events occurred at that time.

It was the first successful "hit" of a merchant vessel at-sea carrying US troops by a German remote-controlled, rocket-boosted bomb, thus giving birth to the "Missile Age", and it resulted in the greatest loss of troops (1015) at sea in U.S. history. Combined with the loss of ship's crew and officers, and three Red Cross workers iq trading platform, more lives were lost than on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

The "hit" was so devastating that the U.S. Government placed a veil of secrecy upon it. The events which followed were so shameful that the secrecy continued for decades until recently, when documents were grudgingly released under pressure of the Freedom of Information Act. The government still does not acknowledge this tragedy, thus most families of the casualties still do not know the fate of their loved ones.

In 1995, over fifty years later, a group of survivors, next-of-kin and rescuers, informally came together for the sole purpose of enabling the creation and dedication of a Rohna Memorial.

On Memorial Day, 1996, a monument was dedicated to the memory of the 1015 men who lost their lives in this incident, at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Seales, Alabama.

Four years later, The Rohna Survivors Memorial Association was more formally organized. Many of those involved in the earlier Memorial Dedication project worked diligently toward the formation of this new organization.

In 1999, articles and by-laws were drawn up and the association defined its goals, which are:

  1. To continue in the search for survivors as-yet-undiscovered and the families of those who perished, so as to provide them with information they never had about the fate of their loved ones,

  2. To bring the Rohna story before the public, to honor the men who lost their lives in this incident and those on the rescue vessels who acted selflessly in their rescue efforts,

  3. And to further, by reunions and other communications, the closeness among the membership.

This web-site has been established for, and is dedicated to these goals.

The Articles and By-laws also provide for fxpro minimum deposit membership automatically to be afforded to Rohna survivors, next of kin of casualties and survivors, members of the Pioneer crew, all personnel assigned to ships in Convoy KMF-26 including the HMT Rajula. In one voice, the writers of the Articles and By-laws also agreed that, although there may be occasional non-mandatory requests for donations in order to meet expenses, there would be no dues assessed as part of membership.

The directors held their first official meeting of The Rohna Survivors Memorial Association at a reunion in Dayton, Ohio on May 1, 1999. At that time, several actions were taken.

The Rohna Survivors Memorial Association web-site was declared the sole sanctioned and official web-site of the organization.

In order to protect the organization name and avoid public confusion, the directors also acted to provide that no other individuals, groups or organizations may use the The Rohna Survivors Memorial Association name in connection with newsletters, gift items, media, web-sites, or in any other means, etc., without prior expressed approval and sanction of the directors. To date, no requests have been made and none granted.

John Fievet and Ruth Canney were unanimously elected as Directors Emeritus.

DIRECTORS
President: Michael Walsh
Executive Vice President: Deborah Sanchez
Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Janet Delude
Executive Director: Gus Gikas
Director: Jim Clonts
Director: Carl Schoenacker
Director: Deborah Sanchez

Directors Emeritus
Robert M. Brewer; John Fievet;Ruth Canney


Inquiries and suggestions may be made to:

Janet Delude
42924 Deep Forest Dr.
Coarsegold Ca. 93614
Rohna1943@aol.com

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