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Conversations at Noon: HMT Rohna: The Allies’ Big Secret
Tuesday, July 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Conversations at Noon: HMT Rohna: The Allies’ Big Secret of WWII and Its Connecticut Connection
On November, 26, 1943, a radio-guided missile hit the HMT Rohna, a British warship in the Mediterranean. More than 1,000 American servicemen perished in the disaster, making it the greatest loss of American life in the open sea. There were two units on the Rohna with connections to Connecticut, the 853rd and the 332nd.
The Rohna is one of the Allies’ greatest secrets. Classified by both the British and American governments, it remains largely unknown today.
Join Catherine Ladnier, niece of Rohna survivor Lt. William Brown of the 853rd Engineers Aviation Battalion, as she shares the story of the Rohna. Ms. Ladnier will be joined by dedicated community volunteers, John Dolan and Danny Walden of the Dyer County Historical Society. Ms. Ladnier will show a trailer for the upcoming documentary “Rohna Classified– It’s Time to Tell The Truth.
This program will be livestreamed on the Connecticut’s Old State House Facebook.