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USS Rowan was a Benham-class destroyer laid down on June 25, 1937 and launched on May 5, 1938. It was commissioned on September 23, the following year under Lt. Comdr. B. R. Harrison’s command with the hull number DD-405 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was sunk by an enemy ship on September 11, 1943. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 175 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, the Caribbean, Halifax, Cape Town, Iceland, Reykjavik, the northern Russia or Norway. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Rowan received 5 battle stars.