USS Rowan (DD-405)

Casualty List

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Benham 
Pennant DD 405 
Built by Norfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 25 Jun 1937 
Launched 5 May 1938 
Commissioned 23 Sep 1939 
Lost 11 Sep 1943 
Loss position 40.07N, 14.18E south-east of Salerno Gulf
History  
  After the Allied invasion of Italy, USS Rowan (Lt.Cdr. Robert Stephens Ford) was screening empty transport ships when a torpedo that was seen on the port side streaked toward them but missed. A second torpedo slammed into her magazine, sinking the destroyer in 40 seconds south-east of Salerno Gulf in position 4007'N, 1418'E, 204 officers and men were killed and 71 were rescued by the USS Bristol which includes the Commanding officer.