Ensign, United States Naval Reserve. Son of Maurice H. Rowell and Agnes M. Rowell. Entered the service from California in 1939; commissioned in the Naval Reserve, Ausust 1940; assigned as a pilot to the USS Lexington, November 1940. Missing in Action during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star (in lieu of a second DFC) and the Purple Heart. The destroyer USS Richard M. Rowell (DE-403) was named in his honor; it served from 1943 to 1946 and was awarded six battle stars.