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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
CMM Donald Supernois USN
M 1c Carmine Storti USN
TM 3c Winfield Stocker USN
Ens Arthur Stern USN
MM 1c John Sowder USN
Sea 2c Donald Smith USN
EM 2c Donald Smith USN
Sea 1c Harold Smith USN
TM 3c Silas Smith USN
CMM Harold Sjostrom USN
Sea 1c William Sides USN
MM 3c Leslie Sheldon USN
BM 2c Leonard Shank USN
F 1c Charles Semo USN
SC 1c Francis Seeley USN
MM 3c Norman Sedgeley USN
SC 3c William Schultze USN
PhM 3c Louis Schecter USN
SC 3c Francis Schaffold USN
Sea 1c John Sandi USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.