NJ, Home News Tribune, June 14, 2019 - HMT Rohna attack: Film uncovers secrets of WWII ship disaster It was a box of yellowed letters that caught Jack Ballo's attention. Moving things around the attic to make room, Ballo found them in his wife's great-aunt's boxes. Pauline Pisinski had died a few weeks before on Jan. 4, 2018 at the age of 99. And her things had been stored — like so many others — in the attic.Ballo's wife's family lived in the same house on Obert Street in South River for more than 100 years, with he and his wife Barbara in residence for eight. Generation Click here for the full story.
NJ, Bridgewater Courier News, June 14, 2019 - HMT Rohna: Remembering the 77 NJ men who died in the WWII attack One thousand fifteen men from 24 states died in the attack on the HMT Rohna on Nov. 26, 1943. The Tri-State area was hit especially hard. New York saw the most casualties with 133, while Pennsylvania lost 95 men. Seventy-seven men from New Jersey died, including six soldiers from Middlesex County, four from Union and two from Somerset. The Rohna was one of 24 ships of Convoy KMF-26 off the coast of Tunisia. Three ships stayed behind to pick up survivors. But, it was dark, the Click here for the full story.
NJ, NJ Stage, June 17, 2019 - Kickstarter Campaign For Documentary on WWII Cover-Up After finding a box of 75 year old letters in his attic, filmmaker Jack Ballo decided to do a search for the author of those letters, Sgt. Joseph Pisinski. He then discovered a WWII scandal that even the most dedicated historians never knew. Ballo wants to tell the story in the documentary Click here for the full story.
PA, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 27, 2019 - A WWII naval disaster, the deadliest in U.S. history and one of its darkest secrets When the Rohna sank in the Mediterranean on Nov. 26, 1943, it took more than 1,000 Americans with it, most from the Army Air Corps. But family members were kept in the dark for years about what happened. “That happened to me,” he told her that night. That’s how Darlene Berube learned her husband survived the sinking of the HMT Rohna, the greatest loss of troops Click here for the full story.
PA, Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette, May 27, 2019 - A little-known WWII catastrophe: 1,015 lost after a radio-guided bomb took out the Rohna Two famous shipwrecks mark the beginning and end of America's involvement in World War II: The USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the USS Indianapolis in July 1945 after delivering components of the atom bomb to Tinian. But a third sinking in the middle of the war, worse than the second and nearly as bad as the first, remains largely unknown. Click here for the full story.
CT, The Bulletin, May 25, 2019 - The Rohna: WWII tragedy at sea, long hidden, comes to lightIt It was the greatest loss of U.S. lives at sea in war, but few have ever heard of it. That’s because the sinking of the HMT Rohna in the Mediterranean Sea in 1943 by a secret German weapon, a radio-guided missile, was long classified. Survivors were threatened with court martial if they ever spoke of what happened and families of the 1,015 deceased were never told the truth.Filmmaker Jack Ballo is hoping to, Click here for the full story.
NY, Watertown Daily Times, May 25, 2019 - “Rohna: Classified” Makers of new documentary say ‘It’s time to tell the truth’ On the evening of Dec. 28, 1943, Mrs. Edith (Loucks) Coleman of Watertown received a telegram at her 124 S. Massey St., Watertown home. The dispatch said that her husband, Cpl. George E. Coleman, 37, was missing in action in the European theater during World War II.The telegram gave no details about how her husband, a well-known and skilled local baseball player who before his induction had worked at New York Air Brake as an electrician, had been lost.The telegram to Mrs. Coleman, an operating room nurse at Mercy Hospital, also read that any further details, Click here for the full story.
RI, Daily News, May 24, 2019 Newport man tells the story of deadliest attack at sea Michael Walsh of Newport is working to bring the story of the Rohna to the surface with a documentary film, which includes interviews with some of the survivors of the attack. Walsh has interviewed about 45 men who were aboard the ship when it was hit. The explosion and sinking of the ship in 1943 claimed at least 1,138 lives, and while the sea swallowed the bones there were people, too, who also worked to shroud the bodies. The sinking of the H.M.T. Rohna was the greatest loss of life at sea by enemy action in the history of U.S. war, but the British Admiralty demanded silence from the survivors and the tragedy was immediately classified by the U.S. War Department. Click here for the full story.
Connecticut Magazine October 22, 1918 Remembering the Rohna, a WWII Sea Disaster “We want them known. We want the story known — it should be,” says West Havener Joe Weber, a retired teacher. The Rohna “is second to the Arizona” in lives lost, “and millions of people every year go to the Arizona,” Weber says. “Our goal is to make it known in some small way.” “It’s an amazing national story.” Weber, who first learned about the Rohna through his involvement with the city’s, Click here for the full story.
A long-time Huntington Beach resident is on a mission to inform the American public about this nation's deadliest disaster on the high seas, and the U.S. government's lengthy attempts to cover up the catastrophe. Janet Sidoti Delude also has a compelling, personal motivation for speaking up: Her father was aboard the British troop transport HMT (His Majesty's Transport) Rohna, which was sunk by a German airborne missile. Click here for full story.
SEATAC, Wash. – Ludger Dochtermann was uncomfortable as he scanned the room full of retired World War II veterans gathered for a memorial anniversary. They were there to remember the 1,149 soldiers who died in 1943 when the British ship HMT Rohna sank following an attack by German bomber pilots. Dochtermann, a fisherman from Kodiak, Alaska, was there to apologize. Click here for full story.
In 1942 Dan Middleton joined the Army Air Corps instead of the Navy because he didn’t want to be sunk at sea. A year later, on Nov. 26, 1943, the day after Thanksgiving, he was aboard the HMT Rohna, an English ship with an Indian crew, on his way to the CBI (China, Burma, India) Theater of Operation. The transport was hit by an experimental German guided bomb off the coast of Algiers in the Mediterranean. Click here for full story.
(San Francisco Examiner 1993) - I was an 18-year-old private in World War II when luck of the draw kept me from joining 1,015 other American soldiers who perished in official secrecy after the British troopship Rohna was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea on the day after Thanksgiving, 1943. As the 50th anniversary approached for one of the worst losses of life in U.S. maritime history, Rohna survivors still could not not get straight answers from the Pentagon. Click here for full story.