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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 3c Julius Breitkrutz USN
FC 3c Merle Bowman USN
GM 2c Donald Bowen USN
Sea 1c Ernest Boutin USN
RM 3c Frank Bloomer USN
Sea 1c James Blair USN
Sea 2c Lester Bessell USN
F 1c Walter Berrigan USN
Sea 2c Edmund Berg USN
SF 3c George Bent USN
MM 2c Wallace Bass USN
Sea 1c Charles Atwell USN
BMkr 1c Frank Attinger USN
StM 2c James Armstrong USN
CMM Mathis Archie USN
Sea 1c Rocco Antonelli USN
F 1c John Allard USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.