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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c James Howell USN
Sea 1c Warren Huffman USN
RM 3c Harry Huguenin USN
F 1c Harold Hull USN
GM 3c Carroll Hunter USN
Sea 1c Delbert Hutchens USN
WT 2c David Ingersoll USN
RT 2c Carl Ismael USN
WT 1c Peter Ivans USN
Sea 1c Frank Jaglo USN
Sea 1c Joseph James USN
Sea 1c William Jenkins USN
MM 2c John Johnides USN
MM 2c Lewis Johnson USN
Sea 1c Vincent Jones USN
MM 3c Thomas Kane USN
Sea 2c Calvin Kastler USN
MM 1c Willis Kelley USN
MM 2c Theodore Kendra USN
TM 1c Olin Kennedy USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.