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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
TM 2c Mervin Kerr USN
QM 2c Joseph King USN
Sea 2c Robert Kistler USN
MM 2c John Klinck USN
Sea 2c Jack Kral USN
MM 2c Albert Krissak USN
MM 2c Louis Kubrak USN
Y 2c Henry Laakmann USN
BM 2c Joseph Laborde USN
Sea 2c Donald Lacombe USN
TM 3c James Lankford USN
SF 2c William Lea USN
GM 2c Simon Lee USN
RM 2c Ethan Lowe USN
SK 2c Shirley Lowe USN
Lt(jg) Wiley Mackie USN
MM 3c Robert Martin USN
Sea 1c Willard Masters USN
MM 1c Glenn Matthes USN
MM 1c Vernon Mayberry USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.