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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 1c Robert Novak USN
MM 3c Norman Sedgeley USN
MM 1c John Sowder USN
F 1c Walter Warnke USN
SC 1c Francis Seeley USN
GM 2c Donald Bowen USN
Sea 2c Thiel Churchill USN
EM 2c Francis Hoover USN
MM 2c Theodore Kendra USN
Sea 1c Willard Masters USN
TM 3c Homer Ellis USN
MM 2c James Harter USN
Sea 2c John Giallombardo USN
Sea 1c Russell Pruett USN
F 1c Charles Semo USN
CMM Donald Supernois USN
MM 2c Robert Wise USN
Lt(jg) Wiley Mackie USN
FC 3c Merle Bowman USN
WT 1c Marl Cloninger USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.