Rohner, Cal V., MM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1945, MM-0000, NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Plank Owner
MM-Machinists Mate

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Aug 08, 2014
Location of Interment
Mesa City Cemetery - Mesa, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block 1323, Lot 1, Space 3C Lower

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Amphibious Forces Patch

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Rohner, Cal V.

89, passed away on August 8, 2014, in Mesa, Arizona, surrounded by his family and sweet wife Eyvonne. He was born in Pima, Arizona to Alfred and Lavena Rohner. During his lifetime, Cal worked as a machinist, entrepreneur, contractor, dairyman, and inventor. He built equipment and machinery that was necessary for any task at hand, including parts for his concrete pumping truck as well as go-carts for his family. He joined the Navy and served in World War II. He used his skills in photography in the service and it became a lifelong hobby. Cal was an outdoor chef. He was locally famous in Southern California for his "Rohner burgers". He moved to Arizona 40 years ago where he was well known for his delicious barbecued smoked beef. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was always involved in serving others, both in and out of church callings, including nearly 20 years of service at the Mesa LDS Cannery. Cal is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eyvonne, five children and their respective spouses, 25 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, and two siblings. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 from 6-8 PM at Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ. Funeral services are Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation at 9 AM, at the Mesa East Stake Center, 2228 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, AZ. Interment will be at City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ - See more at:
Other Comments:
Sworn in to Navy  December 7, 1942
boot training Farragut Idaho
University Of Minneapolis Navy Machinist’s School for 3 months
Advanced steam school n Milwaukee
Training in the manufacture and operation  of a new type of steam engine
  Uniflow steam engine.  Trained on the largest ferry on Lake Michigan
Received orders to Treasure Island. After three months assigned to  USS Gunston Hall (an LSD) which was being built at Murdock Ship Yard in Oakland, CA
When ship was completed left San Francisco for the Pacific War theater
First invasion Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshalls group
Made ships photographer
Involved in invasions in Guam and Guadalcanal
Promoted to machinists Mate 2nd class
Next invasion was island of Roy In the Solomon chain
Gunston Hall  carried 20 LCMs, 20 medium tanks, 14 amphibious tractor
Transferred to the USS Libra an attack cargo ship
Zigzagged across the sea until invaded Guam, when secure returned to San Francisco for repairs.
Repairs completed, loaded with 14000 tons of dynamite headed for New Guinea - a lone ship of the high seas for 19 days
Ordered to attend optical school at Navy base on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA
  trained on all types of navigational instruments.
While here bombs were dropped in Japan ending the war
Discharged at Terminal Island Thanksgiving Day 1945. 
Rank Machinist 2nd class and specialist in optics

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Farragut, ID), 001
 Duty Stations
NAVSTA Treasure IslandUSS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)USS Libra (AKA-12)NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
  1942-1943, NTS Farragut (Cadre/Faculty Staff) ID
  1943-1943, NAVSTA Treasure Island
  1943-1944, MM-0000, USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)
  1944-1945, MM-0000, USS Libra (AKA-12)
  1945-1945, (OM) Opticalman C School
  1945-1945, MM-0000, NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
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