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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 3c William Mccauley USN
MOMM 1c Albert Metzler USN
SC 2c Camille Miciotto USN
GM 3c Edward Milton USN
GM 3c Charles Moffett USN
Ck 3c Ernest Moody USN
MM 1c Grover Moore USN
B 1c Clyde Moore USN
MM 3c Ben Murphy USN
SOM 3c Burl Murphy USN
EM 3c Glenn Myers USN
MM 3c William Neil USN
Sea 2c John Nimmons USN
GM 3c Stephen Nourse USN
F 1c Robert Novak USN
Sea 1c Andrew Nowosielski USN
EM 2c Claude Odonnell USN
Sea 2c James Omalley USN
TM 2c Edward Oreilly USN
Sea 1c William Padrezas USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.