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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, September 11, 1943
Torpedo Attack en route to Oran
Rowan was operating in support of the Paestum landings in the Gulf of Salerno when action occurred. While returning to Oran on 10 Sept, German E-boats attacked the force. Rowan counter attacked which caused the E-boats to break off their attack on the main force. Five minutes after regaining her station as an escort for the Main force Rowan was struck by a torpedo and sank in less than a minute. 202 of the 273 officers and men went down with the ship.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 197

Namesort ascending Service Branch
GM 2c Samuel Zilke USN
TM 2c Raymond Yates USN
RM 3c Floyd Worthington USN
MM 2c Lewis Wood USN
MM 2c Robert Wise USN
Sea 2c James Wilson USN
MM 2c Ashby Whitlock USN
QM 3c William White USN
MM 2c Robert Wells USN
F 2c Albert Welch USN
F 1c Walter Warnke USN
Gunner Frank Wall USN
MOMM 2c Alwin Wade USN
Sea 1c Junior Vuncanon USN
Sea 2c Joseph Vrtiak USN
CSP Arlington Vieth USN
SOM 3c George Venters USN
Sea 2c Donald Vanek USN
StM 2c Paul Taylor USN
MM 1c Walter Taylor USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.