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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
Sea 2c James Wilson USN
StM 2c James Armstrong USN
Sea 1c Melville Bryan USN
MM 1c Fred Collins USN
WT 1c Peter Ivans USN
Y 2c Henry Laakmann USN
Ck 3c Ernest Moody USN
F 1c Harvey Fahnestalk USN
Lt(jg) John Green USN
EM 3c Glenn Myers USN
Sea 1c William Sides USN
CCM Frank Rung USN
Sea 1c Junior Vuncanon USN
BMkr 1c Frank Attinger USN
SM 2c James Burke USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Collins USN
Sea 1c Frank Jaglo USN
BM 2c Joseph Laborde USN
MM 1c Grover Moore USN
EM 3c Lewis Ferguson USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.