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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 Thomas Park USN
EM 2c Donald Smith USN
SF 2c Garthia Rodgers USN
CSP Arlington Vieth USN
SF 3c George Bent USN
Sea 2c John Bury USN
RM 3c Henry Crogan USN
MM 2c John Johnides USN
Sea 2c Jack Kral USN
GM 3c Charles Moffett USN
TM 1c Billy Fretwell USN
SOM 2c George Gruehl USN
Sea 2c Setemo Papini USN
Sea 1c Harold Smith USN
RM 3c Harris Rivers USN
Sea 2c Donald Vanek USN
Sea 2c Edmund Berg USN
F 2c Frank Bushta USN
FC 2c Ralph Curtis USN
Sea 1c William Jenkins USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.