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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 1c Warren Ericsson USN
Sea 2c Robert Harkey USN
MM 3c William Neil USN
SC 2c Richard Pitzer USN
Sea 1c Herbert Sanderford USN
MM 1c Walter Taylor USN
RM 3c Floyd Worthington USN
Sea 1c Rocco Antonelli USN
Sea 1c Leslie Browning USN
F 1c Willis Collier USN
WT 2c David Ingersoll USN
Sea 2c Robert Kistler USN
MM 1c Vernon Mayberry USN
MM 1c Raymond Ernst USN
MM 3c Fredrick Hanna USN
MM 3c Ben Murphy USN
Sea 2c Douglas Parolisi USN
Sea 1c John Sandi USN
Gunner Frank Wall USN
TM 2c Raymond Yates USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.