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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
FC 2c Ralph Curtis USN
Sea 2c Waclaw Cwiek USN
SOM 3c Gustaf Debruyn USN
TM 3c Marvin Dennison USN
CEM Robert Dill USN
EM 1c John Dillon USN
TM 3c Homer Ellis USN
MM 2c Walter Englehutt USN
Sea 1c Warren Ericsson USN
MM 1c Raymond Ernst USN
CPhM Albert Estabrook USN
F 1c Harvey Fahnestalk USN
EM 3c Lewis Ferguson USN
Lt(jg) John Fietz USN
Sea 1c William Fightmaster USN
FC 1c William Fox USN
Sea 1c Clayton French USN
TM 1c Billy Fretwell USN
EM 2c Talmage Furlow USN
OStd 1c Jose Gelina USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.