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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 John Giallombardo USN
Sea 1c Russell Pruett USN
F 1c Charles Semo USN
CMM Donald Supernois USN
MM 2c Robert Wise USN
Lt(jg) Wiley Mackie USN
FC 3c Merle Bowman USN
WT 1c Marl Cloninger USN
GM 3c Carroll Hunter USN
TM 2c Mervin Kerr USN
MM 3c Robert Martin USN
MM 2c Walter Englehutt USN
Sea 2c Wilbur Hardee USN
Sea 2c John Nimmons USN
CWT Joseph Power USN
BM 2c Leonard Shank USN
StM 2c Paul Taylor USN
MM 2c Lewis Wood USN
F 1c John Allard USN
MM 3c Julius Breitkrutz USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.