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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
Ens Arthur Stern USN
MM 2c Ashby Whitlock USN
Sea 1c James Blair USN
GM 3c Paul Cash USN
Sea 1c Warren Huffman USN
MM 3c Thomas Kane USN
RM 2c Ethan Lowe USN
EM 1c John Dillon USN
MM 2c Marion Hedges USN
OStd 1c Jose Gelina USN
Sea 1c Andrew Nowosielski USN
SC 3c William Schultze USN
TM 3c Winfield Stocker USN
F 2c Albert Welch USN
RM 3c Frank Bloomer USN
SK 3c James Cecil USN
RM 3c Harry Huguenin USN
MM 1c Willis Kelley USN
SK 2c Shirley Lowe USN
TM 3c Marvin Dennison USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.