USS Rowan (DD-782)


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Entry: 94081
Subject: USS ROWAN 1945-1946

Christina Pavia wrote on December 12, 2016


City and State: PHILADELPHA PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hello. I am inquiring to see if anyone has information about the USS Rowan in 1945-1946. My grandfather served on the ship on those years. His name is Joseph Frank Pavia. I am trying to see if anyone would know where I could locate information like his rank or any photos, etc. Thank you in advance for any help!

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Entry: 92181
Subject: RAYMOND JJ RUSSELL CPO, 1950-54

John Russell wrote on November 11, 2015


City and State: PLACERVILLE CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Dad, Raymond JJ Russell served on the USS Rowan from 1950 to about 1954 as a Boilderman. He was a Chief Petty Officer at the time. He went on all of the deployments of the ship. I am interested in any photos or other media that might show crew or ship during this time period. Dad also served aboard the USS Patterson, DD 392 during WWII, from the attack at Pearl Harbor to Okinawa.

Keywords: JJ, Korea, DD782



Entry: 91815
Subject: DD-782 ROWAN KOREA 52-56

David (Bones Mine) Wallace wrote on September 1, 2015


City and State: BATTLE CREEK MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Dave Wallace was a radar man on the Rowan from 1952-1956 and all the radar men hung out together. We have pictures of their ship, time ashore with friends, and the hole in the ship from the guns that fired from a cave.

Keywords: Richard Champagne (deceased), Paul Henry Conroy, Barney Barnett (deceased)
Hawaii, Singapore, San Diego
Navy Ships Reunion



Entry: 90302
Subject: U.S.S. ROWAN FACEBOOK GROUP

Kevin Westling wrote on December 29, 2014


City and State:

Unit: 9TH SRW

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: Just letting everyone know that there is a U.S.S. Rowan Facebook group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1399146127026029/

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Entry: 88680
Subject: SOME USS ROWAN CREW MEMBERS FROM THE 1950'S

Jane Ohlmeier wrote on April 5, 2014


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Some USS Rowan crew members from the 1950's are Elwood Hinson, Hal Jahn, and Robert Carritt, and Darrell Barney Barnett.

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Entry: 88292
Subject: ROWAN

Jane Ohlmeier wrote on February 8, 2014


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Darrell Barney Barnett served as a radar man on the Rowan during the Korean War. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or has photos that might have him in. He died a few years ago.

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Entry: 86863
Subject: SON OF KOREAN WAR VETERAN

Kevin Westling wrote on July 28, 2013


City and State: MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'm looking for anyone that served aboard the USS Rowan during
the Korean war that might have known my dad (Wallace Westling)and
has pictures. I'd love to be able to show him some pictures that
others took. He was aboard the ship from 1952-1956. He'll be 81
this year. Would love to find some picture to show him. Would
also love any stories from anyone that remembers him.

Keywords: USS Rowan DD-782, Sasebo



Entry: 82894
Subject: SERVED 1953-1956

Franklin Wheelock wrote on April 28, 2012


City and State: DEWITT NY

Unit: USS ROWAN, DD782

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Visited Korea (damaged with casualties April 1953),
Pusan,Sasebo, Yokohama, Kobe, Naha Okinawa,Kaohsiung,
Keelung,Hong Kong,Singapore, Jakarta,Manila, San
Francisco, San Diego. Captains were Loyall, Land, and
Bland.

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Entry: 80757
Subject: 4/JAN/1952 - 10/AUG/1952 KOREAN DEPLOYMENT

Brandi Turner wrote on October 20, 2011


City and State: COMMERCE CITY CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the daughter of Samuel M. Jeffrey RD2, I am
looking for any information on the deployment to
Korea 4/Jan/1952 to 10/Aug/1952 out of San Diego CA.
If someone has any info on this or knows my father I
would appreciate this any communication. At this time
I have a video that was filmed on the Rowan during
this deployment and would appreciate help on finding
the names of the people that are in this video.
Thank you for any and all help I can get in this
matter.

Keywords: Wonson Harbor Korea 1952



Entry: 80176
Subject: BUD HALL DD782 52-56

Cliff (Bud) Hall wrote on August 29, 2011


City and State: ROCKFORD IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 77824
Subject: SON OF ROBERT O HICKMAN JR.

Kenneth Hickman wrote on February 11, 2011

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City and State: GEORGETOWN MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I am the son of Robert Hickman Jr. who served on the U.S.S, Rowan DD-782 from dec 5 1946- july 31 1950 at least. I am looking for any information or crew list I can find.Anyone that new him would be a bonus. He just passed away on 12/30/10. I am trying to put together a scrap book. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you
Ken Hickman

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Entry: 71469
Subject: USS ROWAN--DD-782

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on August 31, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: THE USS ROWAN (DD-782),WAS THE FOURTH "ROWAN".
SHE WAS NAMED FOR VICE ADMIRAL ROWAN,AND COMMISSIONED
31,MARCH,1945.CDR. W.A.DUNN IN COMMAND.SHE JUST
MISSED WWII.------THE SHIP EARNED FOUR BATTLE STARS
FOR KOREAN WAR SERVICE(SHE TOOK A DIRECT HIT FROM
AN ENEMY SHORE BATTERY,AND REMAINED IN THE FIGHT),AND
SHE EARNED ELEVEN BATTLE STARS FOR VIETNAMESE WAR
SERVICE.SHE WAS A GREAT OLE GIRL.

Keywords: SHIP'S PROUD HISTORY------

FIRST SKIPPER---CDR.W.A.DUNN-----



Entry: 69781
Subject: USS ROWAN DURING WARTIME

Robert W. Trisler wrote on April 7, 2009


City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I have become quite interested in my fathers' time in the service.He served aboard the Destroyer USS Rowan signing on July6,1950. Satus was Lt.J.G./Division Medical Officer. You should see him transferring from one destroyer to another on a cable stretched from ship to ship...across open ocean sitting in a little seat.He left his assignment in 1951.He was in places such as Sasebo,Japan, Tai Pei,Formosa, Hong Kong,through the South China Sea,to Kow Loon and the great Pacific to Pearl Harbor. There are not many men still alive from that ship. My father is 85 but he still recalls with great clarity the time he served aboard the Rowan.Unless sailors were sick or something most sailors never saw the doctor but I hope someone knew him that is still alive.My father continued to practice medicine at the San Diego Naval Hospital.He is retired now.I have a hugh picture album of him and the ship and the captain and many of the crew. There are remembrances from ports'of call,money from many countries etc.It is an experience to see what it was like. Write me if you have information.Thank you, Robert W. Trisler son of Dr. J. David Trisler M.D.

Keywords: USS Rowan 1950-1951



Entry: 69495
Subject: USS ROWAN DD782

Ashley Arrowood wrote on March 14, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Any information on my uncle, Alton Eugene Harvey, would really mean alot to me! he was on the ship around 1954.

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Entry: 64445
Subject: RESERECH FOR A SCRAPBOOK FOR MY DAD

Christopher Irish wrote on February 24, 2008

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City and State: NASHVILLE IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I AM PUTTING A SCRAPBOOK TOGETHER FOR MY DAD FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. HE WAS IN THE VIEATNAM WAR, HIS NAME IS RICHARD W AMBROSE.HE WAS ON THE USS ROWAN AT THAT TIME PEROID ANY HELP WOULD BE HELPFULL. THANK YOU

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Entry: 59051
Subject: DAUGHTER OF RONALD ADRIAN

Christine (Chris) Corsetti wrote on September 27, 2006

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City and State: PORT HURON MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: THIS IS GOING TO BE QUITE LONG...I HAVE SOME PICTURES THAT MY DAD (RONALD W. ADRIAN) TOOK WHILE SERVING ON THE DD-782. IT SAY'S THAT HE DEPARTED SAN DIEGO JANUARY, 4 1952 AND THEN LISTS: PEARL HARBOR, MIDWAY ISLAND, YOKOSUKA, OKINAWA, AND KOREA. SOME OF THE PICTURES HAVE NAMES ON THEM...GARRETT, MORRELL, DEVORE, HILLIARD, TIMMERMAN, WEBB, UMLAUFT, SWANEY, RONALD JOHNSON (CHICAGO), DICK BARTH (OHIO), JIM CAMPO (DETROIT), TOM ALTMAN (PENNSYLVANIA). HE USED TO TALK ABOUT A GUY THAT HE CALLED "RED" AND I HAVE HEARD FROM HIS BEST FRIEND AT THE TIME JIM WHALEN. I ALSO HAVE A GRADUATION PICTURE.... CO.469, W.T. MCCAFFERTY GMC.CO.CMDR. JUNE 14,1951, U.S. NAVAL TRAINING CENTER, GREAT LAKES, ILL. THERE ARE "ALOT" OF SIGNATURES ON THE BACK....DICK HUNT, LES BRUNER, JOHN E. SERRA, WILLIAM R. BLUME, DON SPITLER, BOB MCDONALD, BOB STUBBINS, M. SCHLEULER (?), JIM DEWITT, RED MONROE, PAUL COCHRAN, WARREN S. CLABUESCH, LARRY STEUSHAD (STINKER),PHIL TAYLOR (GEORGIA), HARLISS GREER, CLIFF ZIRWAS, RON JOHNSON, HARRY OARORAGLIN(?), DON SJURSETH, LAWRENCE BAILEY JR., TOM ALTMAN, MUD DEPREST, LOU RITT, EDWIN FALON, ARLO KUEPPER, ROBERT OTT, DON ORRES, DON REITZ, RICHARD PEPPER, JAMES E. WHALEN, J.H. JOHNSON (PEACHES), MILT KITCHEN, BEN VALDEZ, PAUL RIEDEL, CHUCK OETHIEWICZ (?), JIM CONNER (PITT., PA.), LARRY SCHULTZ, NORMAN CALDUWOOD, DICK BARTH, MONTE WINANA, CHARLES H. KEENAN, EDDIE HUBBARD, TOM JOHNSON, MAX HESTER (CHICAGO), "DICK" BEEURSAERT, DICK MITCHELL, TEDDY GRINDSTAFF, WILLIAM VICKERS, GEORGE (MAGGIE) HOUGHTON. IN THE PICTURE THEY ARE HOLDING A FLAG THAT SAY'S NTC GREAT LAKES 469...THEY CALLED THEMSELVES "THE FIGHTING 69".
MY DAD PASSED AWAY IN 2000. IF ANYONE IS OUT THERE THAT KNEW HIM, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU. MAYBE SOMEONE WILL RECOGNIZE A NAME LISTED HERE.

CHRIS CORSETTI, DAUGHTER OF RONALD W. ADRIAN

Keywords: USS ROWAN (DD-782)



Entry: 57907
Subject: SON OF FRANK LOMBARD

Dennis Lombard wrote on June 30, 2006


City and State: BURLESON TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: my father served on the uss rowan between 1951 and 1954 (i think). i had a framed picture of the ship as all the sailors were pulling into port in their blues. it had his name, the name of the ship, and his ribbons under neath the photo. this photo was lost in the 1990's. his birthday is coming up and i would like to find out how i can get another one like he had. it would mean so much to him. please....if anybody can help me please contact me. thank you.

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Entry: 42587
Subject: CAN ANYONE SHARE WITH ME?

Bethany Almquist wrote on April 25, 2004

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City and State: PITTSBURGH PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandmother's brother William (Bill) Robb from Brackenridge (Pittsburgh, PA)served on the USS Rowan as a Navy Machinist-1st class. He did not survive and I was wondering if anyone had any stories on him or could recall anything. I am doing a documentary on my grandmother for my college course and since she shared so many emotional memories with me, I would love to be able to tell anything to her about her big brother that she lost.

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Entry: 42339
Subject: DAUGHTER OF RONALD ADRIAN

CHRISTINE (Chris) Corsetti wrote on April 14, 2004

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City and State: PORT HURON MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: MY DAD SERVED ON THE ROWAN DD782 1950 -1954. I AM TRYING TO GET AS MUCH INFO AS I CAN FOR A SCRAPBOOK THAT I AM MAKING FOR HIS GRANDCHILDREN. HE PASSED AWAY IN FEBRUARY 2000. I HAVE SEVERAL PICTURES THAT HE TOOK WHILE ONBOARD IN KOREA. MANY OF THEM HAVE THE NAMES ON THEM. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS MY DAD OR HAS ANY HISTORY OR MEMORIES THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SHARE PLEASE E-MAIL ME. ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

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Entry: 39634
Subject: CHARLES SNOW

Dawn Benton wrote on January 1, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for friends of dad's aboard 1960-64

Keywords: Snowball



Entry: 31820
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT BILLY BIRDWELL

L. Jones wrote on February 8, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for any info about Billy Birdwell who may have served on the Rowan during the Korean War....trying to help his widow look for info...

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Entry: 28548
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFORMATION

Susan Wallace wrote on September 29, 2002

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City and State: OAK RIDGE NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I have come across some information that my grandfather, William H. Wohnus served aboard the USS Rowan that was attacked and I am not sure if it actually went down. Everything I find on the internet is somewhat confusing about the history of the Rowan. He passed away a month before I was born (1/11/65) and I am now very interested in finding out more information. If anyone can point me in the right direction on the history of this attack and what actually happened - how would he have survived etc. or if anyone actually knew him I would be very interested. Thanks for any input!

Keywords: Grandfather - USS Rowan



Entry: 20828
Subject: SHE WAS A GOOD SHIP

Hal Myers wrote on November 20, 2001


City and State: ROSWELL GA

Unit: COMDESRON 5

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the USS Rowas (DD-782) for the year 1953 on COMDESRON 5 staff as Communication Officer.

She was a good ship, the ships company all treated the staff as "ships company" which was refreshing. When we worked with Task Force 77, I stood watch in CIC.

We were hit by shore fire while in Wonsan Harbor, injured the sailor on watch in the after steering engine room and destroyed the XO's wardrobe.


We were operating with Task Group 95.2 along the coast of N.Korea when the armistice was signed, after that, we did relaxed patrols and wold frequently have swim call when all who wished could swim over the side. We always had a couple of men armed with rifles watching for sharks. Fortunately, never saw any.

This is a great effor, keep up the good work,
LCDR H. C. Myers, USNR-Ret.

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Entry: 20279
Subject: USS ROWAN

Mark Colgan wrote on October 31, 2001

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father Charles Colgan served aboard USS Rowan sometime between 1947 to 1951-2. Still has many photo's. Just wanted to look up his ship.

Mark

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Entry: 20181
Subject: ANY INFORMATION ON USS ROAN-853 DURING KOREAN WAR.

Karen Michaud wrote on October 27, 2001

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City and State: CARIBOU ME

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: ANYONE WHO HAS INFORMATION ON CLASS MATES ON THE USS ROAN-853 OR USS TWEETY-714.AND THE AULT. MY FATHER SERVED ON ALL THESE SHIPS AND WOULD LIKE TO FIND ANYONE WHO SERVED WITH HIM. AND SURPRISE HIM WITH ANY INFORMATION.HE WAS IN THE KOREAN WAR. I REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE ANYTHING. THANK YOU. ALSO ANY ONE HAVING INFORMATION ON THE USS ROBERTS THAT ALSO IS NOT MENTIONED HE SERVED ON THAT SHIP ALSO DURING 1948.

Keywords: RAY,KAREN



Entry: 14897
Subject: SECOND DIVISION

Dennis Stover wrote on February 10, 2001

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City and State:

Unit: USS ROWAN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was on the Rowan for a few months in 1948 and early 1949, 2nd Div deck gang. Was transferred to the Fechteler DD870. It was a great ship and I hated to leave.

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Entry: 14266
Subject: CREW MEMBER

Critt (Moose) Killen wrote on January 12, 2001


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the USS Rown DD782 from 1946 to 1953. I am interested in making contact with anyone that also served. please e-mail me at the address above.

Keywords: Nickname (Moose)



Entry: 14126
Subject: ROWAN REUNIONS

Gary Richardson wrote on January 7, 2001

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City and State: MT. SHASTA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Would greatly appreciate any info regarding reunions such as date, place. A fellow veteran wrote at Christmas asking me why we never went to any reunion, we didn't know of any and really would like to know of future ones, Please let us know of these and any other vets who served with Gary.

Keywords: USS Rowan,1951-l954, Battle of Inchon Harbor, ship hit while acting as decoy for the USS Fletcher



Entry: 13710
Subject: SON OF CREWMEMBER

Bob Sager wrote on December 19, 2000

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father served on the USS Rowan in 1949. I have a painting he had made in Japan dated Oct 21, 1949. His name was Roland E. Sager. Sadly Dad passed away in 1989. If anyone knew him in the service, please contact me.

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Entry: 12989
Subject: DAUGHTER OF VET

Gail McCarthy wrote on November 14, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: RIVER MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was on the DD-782 in Korea - Jack Kelliher. I am interested in finding any information for him on web sites, reunions, etc. I am going to check out the web site and serch for some memorabilia on some auction sites. Any info would help - Thanks!

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