Allied Warships

USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 403 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down18 Aug 1943 
Launched17 Nov 1943 
Commissioned9 Mar 1944 
End service31 May 1946 

In mid-October 1944 the ship was damaged in a typoon. The main mast broke off at the base and was succesfully jettisoned over the side without any further damage. The ship went through the Leyte invasion with out any radar radio or fire control.

Decommissioned 31 May 1946.
Stricken 30 June 1968.
Sold in June 1969 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Harry Allan Barnard, Jr., USN9 Mar 194420 Mar 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Norman Bishop Bullard, USNR20 Mar 194515 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Richard M. Rowell include:

3 Oct 1944
According to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, this vessel was most likely responsible for the sinking of USS Seawolf (SS-197) in a friendly fire incident in the Morotai area. (1)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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