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USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - K - T
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 2 stars

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Richard M. Rowell (DE403) Building and Operational Data:
  • 18 August 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 17 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Agnes M. Rowell
  • 09 March 1944: Commissioned while moored port side to the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co. dock in Houston, Tex., Lcdr Harry A. Barnard, Jr., in command
  • 15 November 1945: Reported to Commander, Nineteenth Fleet, moored to Berth 41, Pier 4, U.S. Naval Repair Base, San Diego for pre-inactivation overhaul
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2.4 years of service
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • June 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Rowell 36k coming alongside James V. Nichols
    Rowell 29k 17 October 1944: after typhoon off Leyte
    Rowell 40k alongside a CVE during the "Battle of Leyte Gulf"
    R. M. Rowell 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. 1945Lcdr. Harry Allan Barnard, Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '36) (Washington, D.C.)
    2.) 20 Mar. 1945 15 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Norman B. Bullard, USNR
    3.) 15 Nov. 1945 - .. .... ....Lt. Gordon J. Andrew, USNR
    4.) .. .... .... - 02 Jul. 1946Lt.(jg) F. Frederick Moss, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Childersburg, Ala.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Joe Iannucci
    Address: 250 N Village Ave (Apt C2) / Rockville Centre NY 11570
    Phone: (516) 764-2477
    E-mail: Joe Iannucci

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