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S2 Joseph Vrtiak

S2 Joseph Vrtiak

Connecticut, USA
Death 11 Sep 1943 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
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Memorial ID 56315466 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until September 12, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of Joseph & Anna Vrtiak.

Brother of Pauline Vrtiak who resided in East Port Chester, Connecticut.

Joseph served as a Seaman Second Class, U.S.S. Rowan (DD-405), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The Rowan, on a trip back to Oran, Algeria for re-supply, was attacked by German E-boats and hit with a torpedo and sank in less than a minute in the Mediterranean Sea. 202 of her 273 officers and men were went down with her.

Joseph was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6428612

The Rowan earned five battle stars during World War II.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56315466
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for S2 Joseph Vrtiak (1922–11 Sep 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56315466, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .