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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 1c Ernest Boutin USN
EM 2c Earl Christensen USN
F 1c Harold Hull USN
TM 1c Olin Kennedy USN
GM 2c Simon Lee USN
SOM 3c Gustaf Debruyn USN
Sea 1c Hoser Harrison USN
MM 3c Tony George USN
F 1c Robert Novak USN
MM 3c Norman Sedgeley USN
MM 1c John Sowder USN
F 1c Walter Warnke USN
SC 1c Francis Seeley USN
GM 2c Donald Bowen USN
Sea 2c Thiel Churchill USN
EM 2c Francis Hoover USN
MM 2c Theodore Kendra USN
Sea 1c Willard Masters USN
TM 3c Homer Ellis USN
MM 2c James Harter USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.