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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
MM 2c James Harter USN
Sea 1c Hoser Harrison USN
MM 3c Eugene Harrell USN
Sea 2c Robert Harkey USN
Sea 2c Wilbur Hardee USN
MM 3c Fredrick Hanna USN
Sea 1c John Hamer USN
Sea 2c Harry Guthrie USN
Sea 2c Willie Gunnoe USN
MOMM 2c Delbert Guess USN
WT 2c Clifford Gruel USN
SOM 2c George Gruehl USN
Cox Alexander Gronek USN
Lt(jg) John Green USN
EM 2c John Goldman USN
Sea 2c John Giallombardo USN
MM 3c Tony George USN
OStd 1c Jose Gelina USN
EM 2c Talmage Furlow USN
TM 1c Billy Fretwell USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.