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The United States Navy Memorial

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
Sea 1c Herbert Sanderford USN
TM 3c Frank Russell USN
CCM Frank Rung USN
SOM 3c Rene Ruel USN
RM 3c George Rose USN
SF 2c Garthia Rodgers USN
MM 2c William Robb USN
RM 3c Harris Rivers USN
Sea 2c Henry Ridenour USN
Sea 1c Russell Pruett USN
CWT Joseph Power USN
SC 2c Richard Pitzer USN
Sea 2c John Perrelli USN
Sea 2c Douglas Parolisi USN
Sea 2c Thomas Park USN
EM 3c Leo Pappas USN
Sea 2c Setemo Papini USN
Sea 1c William Padrezas USN
TM 2c Edward Oreilly USN
Sea 2c James Omalley USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.