Rombach DE-364 - History


(DE-364: dp. 1,745 (f.); 1. 306'; b. 36'7", dr. 13'4", s. 24 k.
cpl. 223 a. 2 5", 10 40mm., 3 21" tt., 2 dct., 8 dcp., 1 dcp (h.h.), cl. John C. Butler)

Rombach (DE-364) was laid down 20 March1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.;launehed 6 dune 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Severin L. Rombaeh, widow of Lieutenant (junior grade) Rombach, and commissioned 20 September 1944, Lt. Comdr. Calvert Burke Gill in command.

Following shakedown off Bermuda, she departed Boston Mass., 29 November and arrived at Manus, Admiralty Islands 7 Janunry 1945. From 24 January to 2 March, Rombach escorted convoys between Hollandia, New Guinea, and Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. Then she served in the Manila Bay area, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Beginning 26 April Rombach spent a month with the Local Naval Defense Foree, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, PhilipDine Islands. She resumed operations with her escort division from 27 May to 8 August, operating in a hunter-killer group off the western ecast of Luzon. Rombach next served as part of a carrier hunter-killer group patrolling the Leyte-Okinawa convoy routes north of Luzon until after the cessation of hostilities, 14 August 1945. Employed in air-sea rescue operations during the latter part of August, Rombach was engaged in occupational landings on 5 September at Jinsen, Korea; on 1 October at Taku, China, and on 5 October at Tsingtao. She then served with the "Magic Carpet" fleet from 8 October to 22 November escorting transports to East China ports where servicemen were embarked for return to the United States.

In July 1946 Rombach was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Seattle for the training of Naval Reserves. In addition to regular training duties for Reservists of the 13th Naval District, Rombach participated in PhibPae exercises in 1952 and 1953 and spent 8 weeks each year from 1952 to 1957 as a Schoolship at the Fleet Sonar School, San Diego. On 9 January 1958 she decommissioned at Bremerton, Wash., where she remained until 1 March1972. At that time she was stricken from the Navy list after an INSURV inspection team determined her unfit for further service.

What did your Rombach ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rombach. 20% of Rombach men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Rombach women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rombach were Shipping Clerk and Cashier .

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

Top Female Occupations in 1940


Severin Louis Rombach was born on 26 November 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Ohio University, where he earned a B.A. in commerce. While a student at Ohio, he was a member of the German club and a manager for the football team. Ώ] He enlisted in the Naval Reserve at Grosse Ile, Michigan on 5 May 1939. He was appointed aviation cadet on 21 September 1939 and was designated naval aviator on 10 May 1940. On 12 June 1940, he was promoted to ensign, and shortly thereafter he was assigned to USS Enterprise for duty flying with Torpedo Squadron 6. He was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 28 May 1942.

He was reported missing in action on June 4, 1942, after his plane had been hit in the Battle of Midway. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


Rombach can look back on a long and exciting company history.

In 1934 Leonhard Rombach founded his own company as a young carpenter. In 1967 he hands over the carpentry business to his son Heinrich Rombach. Heinrich Rombach can not only take over a successful business, he also uses the opportunity and continuously expands the scope of services of the family business.

In 1985 Rolf Rombach begins his apprenticeship as a carpenter in his parents' company. After successfully passing the master craftsman examination in 1992, he founded the company Rombach Bauholz + Abbund GmbH together with his father Heinrich.

With the foundation of this second company, the foundation stone was laid for joinery and industrial production in timber frame construction. At this time expansion in Oberharmersbach is not possible, so that a site in Oppenau-Ramsbach is purchased for the production site of Rombach Bauholz + Abbund GmbH.

In the same year, a large production hall is built there for a rational and modern working method in the field of timber frame construction and joinery.

The newly founded timber framing and timber frame construction company is essentially set up and managed by Rolf Rombach, while his father Heinrich Rombach continues to manage the traditional carpentry business.

Since 1998, Rolf Rombach has been the third generation to head the Rombach companies, as he also takes over the carpentry business from his father. Since then Rolf Rombach has been investing in the future. Today, the family business offers its customers a wide range of products.

This includes traditional carpentry work as well as joinery with state-of-the-art CNC machines. Since 2009, the "NUR-HOLZ" solid wood system developed by Rolf Rombach has been manufactured, comprising wall, ceiling and roof elements.

In 2014 a specially manufactured, fully automatic production line for NUR-HOLZ elements will be put into operation. Since then, the long-established Rombach company has been one of the market leaders in the sector when it comes to the purely ecological construction of solid timber houses.

To simplify the operational process, the timber frame and timber frame construction will be relocated from Oppenau to Oberharmersbach at the turn of the year 2014/2015.

From a small craft business to a modern company with meanwhile 80 employees - that was a long way for the company and also for the Rombach family. The company will continue along this path. The next generation, daughter Katja, has already successfully completed her training as a carpenter and further training as a master carpenter and has been working in the company ever since.

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Rombach and Haas Modern Art Cuckoo Clocks – Merging Traditional and Modern

Before Rombach and Haas took up the challenge of making a modern art cuckoo clock, there was the one created by architect Pascal Tarabay. That was the first, almost a decade ago.

Since then, many versions have been produced by designers all over the world. This development was especially good for the clock lovers and interior decorators looking for a cuckoo to fit the sleekness of the modern motif. And there’s plenty from which to choose. Many have geometric shapes, such as rhombuses, squares, cubes, pyramids, ovals, etc. Their surfaces are often flat and smooth with a minimalistic approach a handful are featured with filigree or collage. Some are mono- colored while others are multicolored with abstract or figurative paintings, even text and phrases. As for the cases, they come in a variety of materials ranging from laser cut metal, glass, plastic, wood and even fabric covering. (The above photo is one of Rombach and Haas’s modern art cuckoo clocks with a mechanical movement).

No doubt, there’s a lot of variety and difference in designs, but almost every one of them, regardless of brand, shares one thing in common: they have a battery-powered quartz movement, not a mechanical weight driven one. Why? One obvious reason is that crafting a quartz powered cuckoo clock demands far less clock making skill than crafting a mechanical weight driven model with its complex and intricate workings of gears and bellows.

So, rather than attempt to build a mechanical version, the makers of modern art cuckoos have left that formidable task in the hands of Germany’s Black Forest clock masters. Here’s where Rombach and Haas comes in. Shortly after Pascal launched his designer cuckoo, Ingolf and Conny Haas had taken up the challenge and crafted their own modern versions, but with the traditional mechanical movement. The well qualified, fourth generation Rombach and Haas company has been making cuckoo clocks since 1894. Their modern art cuckoos are the only designer versions that pay homage to the centuries old tradition of mechanical clock making of the Black Forest.

But why buy a weight driven mechanical modern art cuckoo instead of a less expensive, more convenient battery operated model that needs no winding? For one thing, some clock owners truly enjoy interacting with their cuckoo clock they want the satisfaction of winding it and feeling the chains click away as they pull them down to lift up the weights. Some clock owners also prefer the rich mechanical cuckoo call produced by real bellows and pipes, instead of the prerecorded digital sound of the quartz powered models.

There is still more to think about. If you’re looking for a clock you can pass on to your children or grandchildren, think “mechanical”. They’re a better long-term value and are more likely to become collector’s items and family heirlooms than quartz clocks. There’s a good reason. Centuries of development, clock making history and human labor all add to a clock’s value and appeal. Inside each mechanical cuckoo, heritage and tradition are alive and well–they’re embodied in the workings of the clock’s gears, escapement and all of its intricate mechanics and craftsmanship.

Gregory M. Nielsen, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Nielsen was born in Texas. He received his dental degree in 1982 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After entering the Air Force, he completed a one-year general practice residency at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nielsen served as a general dentist for four years in the Air Force, and then entered the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Macomb Medical Center. He also obtained his Masters degree from the University of Detroit. In 1992, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Nielsen is a member of local and state dental organizations and is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has practiced with the group since 1992.

Ingolf Haas works hard to ensure the historic work atmosphere at their manufacturing facility is kept as it was when the Rombach and Haas brand was just starting. He believes that by maintaining this work culture, his team of clockmakers will continue to produce the same level of cuckoo clocks Rombach & Haas became popular for long ago. If you were to visit the Rombach & Haas facility today, you would find clock makers working on the same workbenches as many years ago, drawers with porcelain handles still contain the same clock parts and tools that were used early on, and each of the skilled clock makers have spent many years perfecting their skills to build the highest quality cuckoo clocks possible.

Connie Haas has been a major influence in the highly modernized and popularized &ldquoRomba Art Collection&rdquo, as she is deeply passionate about clock panting. These modern style cuckoo clocks were an instant hit after they were released in the late 1990&rsquos, and gained worldwide popularity after the turn of the millennium.

The Black Forest Clock Association has awarded clocks from the Rombach & Haas Company the title of &ldquoBlack Forest Clock of the Year&rdquo 4 times since the awards began in 2001.

Rombach & Haas // Pearl of the Black-Forest clock industry

When entering the company’s manufacturing facility, one instantly feels taken back to the beginning of the history of cuckoo clocks. Founded in 1894, the company is now managed in the fourth generation by Ingolf and Conny Haas. The inside of the building has not changed much. Workbenches from the 18th century are still in use, the clockmakers walk on ceded wooden floors and the components are still taken from drawers with porcelain knobs, which were already used more than 100 years ago to store similar parts. Ingolf Haas works hard to maintain the historic work atmosphere and promises to continue to ensure all timepieces to be manufactured in this unique ambiance.

“Romba” clocks have made a name for themselves worldwide in terms of quality, design, inventiveness and diversity. “Rombach & Haas” also came up with the idea to expand the supply of shield-clocks (1 st generation) and traditional cuckoo clocks (2 nd generation) by a new production line – modern cuckoo clocks in a timely design (3 rd generation) in 2005.

“The cuckoo clock remains a loved characteristic of German product, which is in demand worldwide,” sais Haas “however the style of living has changed and a usual cuckoo clock, decorated with wooden carvings does not fit into every living space. Therefore we have created a new generation of this timepiece after 160 years of consistency. Of course this does not mean that we are not still producing traditional products.”
One is astonished, when looking at the mostly simple designed clocks, which naturally still have a calling cuckoo bird. Inside the industry this new line has been named a “small revolution”.

Because of Ingolf’s wife Conny, who has devoted her life to clock painting for almost 30 years and whose shield clocks have a worldwide degree of popularity, Rombach & Haas is able to offer even another highlight – artistically painted single pieces.
Not only the gap between art and art craftsmanship is being breached, individuality is linked to artistic skill, which created unique timepieces. The variety in motives is endless and the customer is even able to include personal taste for example a hobby, landscapes, buildings or a company logo a hand painted modern cuckoo clock.
But the old-established company offers more, antique clocks, shield clocks and clock shields can be restored or repaired.

Including the three children of the couple, the fifth generation is already at the starting point to lead the traditional business into the future.

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