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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 Willie Gunnoe USN
TM 2c Edward Oreilly USN
CMM Harold Sjostrom USN
SOM 3c Rene Ruel USN
MOMM 2c Alwin Wade USN
Sea 1c Charles Atwell USN
Sea 1c John Burke USN
Sea 2c James Conroy USN
Sea 1c Joseph James USN
Sea 2c Donald Lacombe USN
B 1c Clyde Moore USN
FC 1c William Fox USN
MOMM 2c Delbert Guess USN
Sea 1c William Padrezas USN
Sea 2c Donald Smith USN
RM 3c George Rose USN
SOM 3c George Venters USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.