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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 25 March 1944 - Launched 29 December 1944

  1. USS ROWAN DD-782
  2. Commissioned 31 March 1945 - Decommissioned 18 December 1975

    Stricken 30 January 1976

    Sold to Taiwan 10 June 1977 and renamed

    Ran aground 22 August 1977 while enroute to Taiwan and was scrapped

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Rowan DD-782 Covers Page 1    (1946-1954)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
2 (n+) (USS)


Cachet by Stewart Milstein


Locy Type 2r




Locy Type
2t(nu) (B)


Columbus Day cachet by Donald R. Graf, used after the event.


Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15711)




Locy Type


Cachet by George V. Sadworth


Locy Type


Ship's straightline marking. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

ROWAN earned four battle stars for her Korean War service and eleven battle stars for her Vietnam War service.

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral Stephen Clegg Rowan, USN (1805 – 31 March 1890)
Rowan, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1805, came to the United States at the age of 10 and lived in Piqua, Ohio. Appointed midshipman in the U.S. Navy on 1 February 1826, he took an active role in the Mexican War, serving as executive officer of USS Cyane during the capture of Monterey on 7 July 1846 and in the occupation of both San Diego and Los Angeles. Captain of the steam-sloop USS Pawnee at the outbreak of the Civil War, he made gallant attempts to relieve Fort Sumter and to burn the Norfolk Navy Yard. In the fall of 1861, he assisted in the capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet; then, taking command of a flotilla in the North Carolina sounds, he cooperated in the capture of Roanoke Island in February 1862. Promoted to captain for gallantry, he then supported the capture of Elizabeth City, Edenton, and New Bern. During the summer of 1863, he commanded New Ironsides on blockade duty off Charleston and the following August assumed command of Federal forces in the North Carolina sounds. Commissioned Rear Admiral on 25 July 1866, Rowan served as Commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard until 1867, when he assumed command of the Asiatic Squadron. Returning in 1870, he was appointed Vice Admiral in August of that year and served as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard from 1872 to 1876, as Governor of the Naval Asylum at Philadelphia in 1881, and as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., from 1882 until his retirement in 1889. Vice Admiral Rowan died in Washington, D.C.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS Rowan TB-8, USS Rowan DD-64, USS Rowan DD-405 and USS Rowan DD-782.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. David S. Folsom, great-grandniece of Vice Admiral Rowan.



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