DD-782 General Specifications
Class: Gearing-class destroyer
Named for: Stephen C. Rowan
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 3460 tons
Length: 390 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Ran aground and wrecked while under tow 22 August 1977
USS ROWAN (DD-782)
The fourth Rowan (DD-782) was laid down on 25 March1944 by Todd Pacific Shipyards; Inc.
Wash.; launched 29 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. David S. Folsom
great-grandniece of Vice Admiral Rowan
and commissioned on 31 March1945
Comdr. W. A. Dunn in command.
After completing shakedown off southern California
Rowan returned to Puget Sound. On 20 July she departed Seattle for Hawaii
whence she continued on to Okinawa. Arriving after Japan's surrender
she remained in the Ryukyus until 9 September
then moved on to Japan where she supported occupation forces into December. At the end of December she retraced her route
returned to Okinawa
in late January 1946
continued on to the United States.
Arriving at San Diego on 10 February
Rowan was immobilized until February 1947 when she resumed operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters. Six months later she deployed to the western Pacific (WestPac) for operations in Japanese
and Korean waters. She returned to San Diego on 30 April 1948; conducted local operations into 1949
and deployed again to WestPac from March to November of that year.
On 25 June 1950 the North Korean Army crossed the 38th Parallel into the Republic of Korea. Six weeks later Rowan sailed for Japan. She arrived at Yokosuka on 19 August shifted to Sasebo on the 21st
on the 25th
commenced operations off Korea.
On 12 September she departed Sasebo for her first support mission for a wartime amphibious landing. On the 15th she arrived off Inchon with TF 90
provided support while the 1st and 5th Marines went ashore
then remained in the area until after Allied forces had pushed back across the 38th Parallel. On 3 October she left Inchon to take up duties off the Korean east coast.
In mid-October Rowan arrived with the Wonsan attack force. South Korean forces
took that city prior to "D-day
" 20 October
and the 1st Marines were landed on the Kalma Peninsula on the 26th. Rowan remained in the Wonsan area
then provided gunfire support and served on plane guard duty as U.N. forces pushed to the Yalu and then retreated. In February 1951 she sailed for home
Local and Hawaiian training operations occupied the remainder of the year and in early January 1952 Rowan again headed for Korea. By 15 February she was back in the Wonsan area. Seven days later
while patrolling the northern sweep area
she took a direct hit from a North Korean shore battery on the portside which damaged a 40 mm. gun
and superstructure. During the ensuing duel
Rowan and James E Kyes (DD-787) destroyed three guns and an ammunition dump.
Into June Rowan continued to operate off the embattled peninsula on gunfire support and interdiction missions and as plane guard and escort for the carriers. In late June she steamed south
served on the Taiwan Patrol Force into July then returned briefly to Korea
and at the end of the month sailed for San Diego.
Rowan was back in the western Pacific for her third Korean tour by mid April 1953. Again she operated off Korea through the spring and shifted to Taiwan patrol duty in July. She returned to Korea in August and through September conducted patrols off that coast to maintain the uneasy truce that began in late July. On 2 October she departed Yokosuka for California.
Rowan remained in active service. Through the fifties and into the sixties she rotated between assignments with the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific and operations and exercises with the 1st Fleet off the west coasts of the Americas and in the Hawaiian area. During the early sixties she also supported scientific experiments: recovering a NERV capsule containing information on the earth's atmosphere (September 1960); and participating in Operation "Dommie
" nuclear tests in the Christmas Island area (March-July 1962).
On 3 June 1963
Rowan departed San Diego for a FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization) I conversion at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She returned to California a year later with improved living spaces
and ASROC and DASH weapons systems. Local operations took her into the fall and on 5 January 1965 she resumed her schedule of WestPac deployments
this time to another combat area Vietnam
Off Vietnam into the summer; she provided gunfire support for units of the Vietnamese Navy Junk Force and Allied ground forces during operations in the Qui Nhon area and served on "Market Time" patrol to interdict the Communists coastal
waterborne logistics line. In August she returned to San Diego
but in May 1966 was back off the South Vietnamese coast to support Vietnamese troops in the IV Corps area. Later adding plane guard duty to her activities
she continued Vietnamese operations until August
when she departed for San Diego and more "routine" duties with the 1st Fleet.
In November she served as gunnery and ASW Schoolship at San Diego. In December she conducted evaluation tests off California. Most of 1967 was spent preparing for or undergoing overhaul. In the fall she resumed her 7th Fleet deployments in support of ground operations in Vietnam
this time in the IV and II Corps areas and on plane guard duty in Tonkin Gulf. Detached in April 1968
Rowan rejoined the 7th Fleet on 6 April 1969 and after operations in the Sea of Japan again served off Vietnam
returning to San Diego in September for local operations which took her into 1970.
Late in January 1970
she entered the dryDock at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard for overhaul. Rowan's overhaul was completed 15 June and she returned to normal operations off the coast of southern California until 8 September. On that date
she was redeployed to the western Pacific
operating often along the Vietnamese coast.
Rowan did not return to the United States until 12 March1971. Upon arrival in San Diego
she resumed operations off the west coast and continued to be so employed into October. On 20 October 1971
Rowan again steamed westward out of San Diego
bound for Yokosuka
the coast of Vietnam. This time she departed on an extended deployment
remaining in the western Pacific throughout 1972 and 1973. As of January 1974
she is in port at Yokosuka.
Rowan earned four battle stars for Korean service and eleven for Vietnamese service.
[Note: The above USS ROWAN (DD-782) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ROWAN (DD-782) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]