Harry Allan Barnard, Jr., USN

Birth details unknown
Died  4 Jun 1983


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Ranks

  Lcmdr

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Harry Allan Barnard, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Dempsey (DE 26)Destroyer Escort24 Jul 194313 Dec 1943
USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403)Destroyer Escort9 Mar 194420 Mar 1945
USS Sigsbee (DD 502)LcmdrDestroyer20 Jun 19453 Nov 1945

Career information

On 3 Oct 1944 the American destroyer escort USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403), commanded by Harry Allan Barnard, USN, was most likely responsible for the sinking of USS Seawolf (SS-197) in a friendly fire incident in the Morotai area. Rowell was censured by the US navy for the incident but apparently recovered his military status (he was CO of the destroyer Sigsbee for a time in 1945). Books on the US submarine war written shortly after the war did not disclose his name due to the sensitivity of the Seawolf disaster.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer Escort USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403)


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)

Sources

  1. Personal communication


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