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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - VICAR

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. March 25 1944.
Launched December 29 1944 and commissioned March 31 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1964.
Decommissioned (?).
Stricken January 30 1976.
To Taiwan June 10 1977, renamed Chao Yang.
Fate Lost while under tow to Taiwan August 22 1977.

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Rowan 51kStephen C. Rowan, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1805, came to the United States at the age of 10 and lived in Piqua, Ohio. Appointed midshipman in the U.S. Navy on 1 February 1826, he took an active role in the Mexican War, serving as executive officer of Cyane during the capture of Monterey on 7 July 1846 and in the occupation of both San Diego and Los Angeles. Captain of the steam-sloop Pawnee at the outbreak of the Civil War, he made gallant attempts to relieve Fort Sumter and to burn the Norfolk Navy Yard. In the fall of 1861, he assisted in the capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet; then, taking command of a flotilla in the North Carolina sounds, he cooperated in the capture of Roanoke Island in February 1862. Promoted to captain for gallantry, he then supported the capture of Elizabeth City, Edenton, and New Bern. During the summer of 1863, he commanded New Ironsides on blockade duty off Charleston and the following August assumed command of Federal forces in the North Carolina sounds. Commissioned rear admiral on 25 July 1866, Rowan served as Commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard until 1867, when he assumed command of the Asiatic Squadron. Returning in 1870, he was appointed vice admiral in August of that year and served as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard from 1872 to 1876, as Governor of the Naval Asylum at Philadelphia in 1881, and as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., from 1882 until his retirement in 1889. Vice Admiral Rowan died in Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1890. Photo #: NH 46119, Rear Admiral Stephen C. Rowan, USN photographed circa 1869. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Rowan 204kUndated, location unknown.-
Rowan 108kUndated, location unknown.Randy Kimes
Rowan 63kUndated postcard.Mike Smolinski
Rowan 136kUndated, location unknownCharles Whitesitt
Rowan 143kUndated, location unknown.Charles Whitesitt
Rowan 106kOfficial USN photograph, USN 1038750, undated. from US Naval Photographic Center, US Naval Station, Washington DC. Caption on back reads: Aerial oblique of the USS Rowan (DD 782) acting as plane guard for the USS Ranger (CVA 61) while enroute for California.David Buell
Rowan 173kAerial view of USS Rowan (DD 782) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Rowan 167kUndated, location unknownRichard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Rowan 136kUndated, location unknownRichard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Rowan 178kUndated, location unknownRichard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Rowan 154kUndated, location unknownRichard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Rowan 128kUndated, location unknownRichard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Rowan 203kDestroyers, led by the USS Rowan (DD-782) trail the escort carrier USS Badeong Strait (CVE-116) circa 1947-1951. TBM Avengers of Composite Squadron (VC) 21 are visible on the flight deck. Source: National Aviation Museum Collection, Photo No. 1996.488.035.027.Mike Green
Rowan 129kInchon Invasion, September 1950, USS Rowan (DD-782) silhouetted against the sun on 14 September 1950, as she escorts USS Mt. McKinley (AGC-7) off the Korean coast en route to Inchon. Official U.S. Army Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Rowan 160kPhoto #: NH 103506, USS Rowan (DD-782) underway during the later 1940s or early 1950s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Rowan 170kJune 24 1952 with Task Force TF 77 off North Korea, -mail being delivered from USS Boxer.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 95kSydney, Australia in November 1957, Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background. The ship is approaching Garden Island, a RAN facility at the time (maybe still is). The land directly above the Rowan's bow and to the left of the Bridge is where the Sydney Opera House now stands. The Rowan was the flagship ("SquadDog" we called it) of DesRon 5/DesDiv 51. Note the Squadron V emblem on the forward stack.Tom Keaveny
Rowan 97kAugust 1958, off South America on plane guard duties. Taken from USS Ranger (CVA-61) with FJ-4 Furies ready for launch in the foreground.Tom Keaveny
Rowan 139kAugust 17 1958, photo USN 1038753. High oblique, USS Rowan (DD 782), while operating with the super carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) enroute to California.David Buell
Rowan 81kOff the coast of California 18 August 1958. USN photo.Ed Velasquez
Rowan 89kUSS Dixie (AD-15) with the USS Southerland (DDR-743), USS Samuel L. Moore (DD-747), USS Rowan (DD-782) and USS Gurke (DD-783) alongside in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Rowan 70kUSS Rowan (DD-782) in harbour, circa the middle or later 1950s or early 1960s. Print made by the USS Piedmont (AD-17) photo lab (USN Photo No NH 103505).Robert Hurst
Rowan   Rowan
Project NERV nose cone and Recovery. CAPT Olsen, CDR Fledderhorn and a civilian scientist examing the cone.
Tommy Trampp
Rowan 131kJanuary 30 1961.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 141kA series of images of the Rowan at Philadelphia Navy Yard in December 1963.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 182kAs above. Forward Engine Room, base will hold fire and flushing pump and motor.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 128kAs above. Sick bay/pharmacy.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 142kAs above. Wardroom pantry.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 186kAs above. Laundry.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 204kAs above. Crew berthing.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 127kAs above. Crew berthing.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 257kAs above. CIC.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 200kApril 23 1964 photo by Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 172kApril 23 1964 photo by Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 159kApril 23 1964 photo by Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 178kApril 23 1964 photo by Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 192kJanuary 18 1965 photo by PH1 R. W. Fleeson.Ed Zajkowski
Rowan 108kAs aboveTony Cowart
Rowan 185kUSS Mattaponi (AO-41) refueling the destroyer USS Rowan (DD-782) to starboard, and the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) to port, circa 1964-65. The Coral Sea, with assigned Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), was deployed to Vietnam from 7 December 1964 to 1 November 1965. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 1964-65 cruise book.Fabio Peņa/Robert Hurst
Rowan 106kPhoto #: NH 103508-KN, USS Rowan (DD-782) underway in the western Pacific, circa early 1965. USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) is in the right distance. Taken by Photographer's Mate First Class Fleeson. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Rowan 129kPhoto #: NH 103510-KN, USS Rowan (DD-782) underway in the western Pacific, circa early 1965. Taken by Photographer's Mate First Class Fleeson. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Rowan 112kPhoto #: NH 103511, USS Rowan (DD-782) underway off the coast of Hawaii, October 1967. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Rowan 108kPhoto #: NH 103512, USS Rowan (DD-782) underway off San Diego, California, 18 March 1969. Taken by Photographer's Mate Second Class A. Cuellar. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Rowan 46kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Rowan 24kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Rowan 109kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Rowan 129kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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USS ROWAN DD-782 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Archer Dunn    Mar 31 1945 - Apr 10 1946
CDR George G. Hill    Apr 10 1946 - Jul 5 1947
CDR Albert George Pelling    Jul 5 1947 - Dec 10 1948
CDR Julian Leo Wickens    Dec 10 1948 - Dec 2 1949
CDR Alan Richard Josephson    Dec 2 1949 - Jul 7 1951
CDR Julius Arthur Loyall    Jul 7 1951 - Jul 7 1953
CDR John Thomas Bland III    Jul 7 1953 - Jan 31 1955
CDR Jay Wayne Land    Jan 31 1955 - Nov 30 1956
CDR Leonard Flourney Bassett    Nov 30 1956 - Jun 3 1958
CDR George Gilbert Rogers Perry Jr.    Jun 3 1958 - Jul 18 1960
CDR Jack Bernard Sledge    Jul 18 1960 - May 20 1962
CDR Stansfield Turner    May 20 1962 - Jul 15 1963 (Later ADM)
LCDR Jack William Davis    Jul 15 1963 - Apr 14 1964
CDR William Robert Dolan Jr.    Apr 14 1964 - Oct 18 1965
CDR Edward Joseph Casey    Oct 18 1965 - Mar 15 1967
LCDR William Miley Fogarty    Mar 15 1967 - Apr 25 1967 (Later RADM)
CDR Loren Irving Moore    Apr 25 1967 - Jun 8 1969
CDR Forrest Ronald Johns    Jun 8 1969 - Jan 1 1971
CDR James Ellis Baker Jr.    Jan 1 1971 - May 6 1972
CDR Robert Franklin Comer    May 6 1972 - Aug 30 1973
CDR Peter Julian Mermagen    Aug 30 1973 - Nov 1 1975
CDR Ronald L. Sagerblom    Nov 1 1975 - Dec 18 1975

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Loren R. Melton FTCM USN (Ret)
Address: 1491 Park Ave., Port Hueneme, CA 93041-2400
Phone: (805) 483 0566, FAX (805) 240-4675

Note About Contacts.

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