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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 descending Service Branch
SM 2c James Burke USN
Sea 1c John Burke USN
F 1c Lorene Burton USN
Sea 2c John Bury USN
F 2c Frank Bushta USN
Sea 1c Stanley Cable USN
Sea 1c LeRoy Cantrell USN
GM 3c Paul Cash USN
SK 3c James Cecil USN
EM 2c Earl Christensen USN
Sea 2c Thiel Churchill USN
WT 1c Marl Cloninger USN
BM 2c Ray Cole USN
F 1c Willis Collier USN
Ck 2c Clarence Collins USN
MM 1c Fred Collins USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Collins USN
Sea 2c James Conroy USN
Sea 2c Donald Cox USN
RM 3c Henry Crogan USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.