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Rowan

Ship Designation: 
DD-405
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
EM 1c John Dillon USN
MM 2c Marion Hedges USN
OStd 1c Jose Gelina USN
Sea 1c Andrew Nowosielski USN
SC 3c William Schultze USN
TM 3c Winfield Stocker USN
F 2c Albert Welch USN
RM 3c Frank Bloomer USN
SK 3c James Cecil USN
RM 3c Harry Huguenin USN
MM 1c Willis Kelley USN
SK 2c Shirley Lowe USN
TM 3c Marvin Dennison USN
MM 3c Eugene Harrell USN
EM 2c John Goldman USN
GM 3c Stephen Nourse USN
MM 3c Leslie Sheldon USN
M 1c Carmine Storti USN
MM 2c Robert Wells USN
Sea 1c Ernest Boutin USN

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Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.