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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 Donald Vanek USN
Sea 2c Edmund Berg USN
F 2c Frank Bushta USN
FC 2c Ralph Curtis USN
Sea 1c William Jenkins USN
MM 2c Albert Krissak USN
MOMM 1c Albert Metzler USN
Sea 1c William Fightmaster USN
WT 2c Clifford Gruel USN
EM 3c Leo Pappas USN
TM 3c Silas Smith USN
MM 2c William Robb USN
GM 2c Samuel Zilke USN
F 1c Walter Berrigan USN
Sea 1c Stanley Cable USN
Sea 2c Waclaw Cwiek USN
Sea 1c Vincent Jones USN
TM 3c James Lankford USN
SC 2c Camille Miciotto USN
Lt(jg) John Fietz USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.