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|37k||Richard Merrill Rowell was born in Sonoma, Calif. on 06 August 1916, the son of Maurice and Agnes Rowell. He graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Cal. in 1933.
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 08 August 1939, he was commissioned ensign 20 August 1940. Reporting for duty as a fighter pilot to USS Lexington (CV 2) on 05 November 1940,
he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for downing a Japanese plane on 20 February 1942. During the Battle of the Coral Sea 07 to 08 May 1942, he won a gold star in lieu of a second Distinguished
Flying Cross, before failing to return from his last mission.
CITATION: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Ensign Richard Merrill Rowell (NSN: 083448), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while participating in aerial flight, while serving as Pilot of an airplane in Naval Fighting Squadron, attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), when on 20 February 1942, in enemy waters, he made vigorous and determined attacks in the face of combined enemy machine gun and cannon fire against a formation of enemy heavy bombers, and he, with the assistance of his teammate, caused the destruction of one enemy bomber.
USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of Dayle DeBry to the web site Find A Grave)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|36k||coming alongside||James V. Nichols|
|29k||17 October 1944: after typhoon off Leyte|
|40k||alongside a CVE during the "Battle of Leyte Gulf"|
|45k||September 1945: the Philippines - Richard M. Rowell anchored in San Pedro Bay off Samar Island.|
|Richard M. Rowell History|
|View the USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Richard M. Rowell's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 09 Mar. 1944 – 20 Mar. 1945||Lcdr. Harry Allan Barnard, Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '36) (Washington, D.C.)|
|2.) 20 Mar. 1945 – 15 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Norman B. Bullard, USNR|
|3.) 15 Nov. 1945 - .. .... ....||Lt. Gordon J. Andrew, USNR|
|4.) .. .... .... - 02 Jul. 1946||Lt.(jg) F. Frederick Moss, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Childersburg, Ala.)|
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