Community Events

JUNE 5, 2019 - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - The devastating loss of 1,015 American troops remains the greatest loss of life at sea in United States history. Storyteller and playwright, Catherine Ladnier, niece of HMT Rohna survivor William George Brown, shares the story of this WW2 tragedy pieced together by survivors and their families. The evening will include readings of personal letters written between survivors and their loved ones back home. This program is free and open to the public. Click here for registration page.

JUNE 6, 2019 - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - The Rohna Survivors Memorial Association is having their annual Rohna reunion for survivors and their families as well as the next-of-kin of the soldiers who were killed in the attack. The 2019 Rohna Reunion will be held in Virginia Beach, VA on June 6-9. Please go to the Rohna Survivors website for details about the reunion as well as other Rohna related information. Click here for registration page.

DECEMBER 2, 2018 WEST HAVEN, CT -- West Haveners will gather Sunday to pay respects to three local young men who died in the Rohna attack. Rohna: Classified producer and Rohna author Michael Walsh along with filmmaker Jack Ballo will be presenting the movie preview trailer. Playwright Catherine Ladnier will present segments of her radio play called "Apron Strings" made up of letters from her Uncle Bill, who survived the attack, describing the tragic day in letters he wrote home. Members of the Rohna Survivors Memorial Association will be attending. The informative event is open to the public and will be held at West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center, 30 Hood Terrace, Dec. 2nd at 1:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 26, 2018 - HYDE PARK, NY -- On Monday, November 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present  "Ordinary Americans," a program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMT Rohna  -- the greatest loss of American lives at sea, due to enemy action. Catherine Ladnier, Jack and Barbara Ballo and John Dolan discovered their connection to the Rohna through the discovery of old letters and newspaper clippings. Jack Ballo and Michael Walsh will discuss and show scenes from their upcoming documentary Rohna: Classified. The event will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.