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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 ascending
CWT Joseph Power USN
BM 2c Leonard Shank USN
StM 2c Paul Taylor USN
MM 2c Lewis Wood USN
F 1c John Allard USN
MM 3c Julius Breitkrutz USN
BM 2c Ray Cole USN
Sea 1c Delbert Hutchens USN
QM 2c Joseph King USN
MM 1c Glenn Matthes USN
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


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.