From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Wiley Mackie '43

Date of birth: July 13, 1920

Date of death: September 11, 1943

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Wiley was one of 202 officers and men lost when USS Rowan (DD 405) sank in less than a minute following a torpedo hit from a German E-boat in the Gulf of Salerno early on the morning of September 11, 1943.

He has a memory marker in North Carolina. His father was listed as next of kin.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Mack was born on 13 July, 1920 in Gastonia, North Carolina. He was appointed from North Carolina and entered the Academy on 13 July, 1939. After graduation he reported to the destroyer USS ROWAN. The ROWAN participated in the Invasion at North Africa and the Palermo Landings in support of the Sicilian Invasion. Shortly after the landing at Salerno the ROWAN was torpedoed and immediately sunk on 11 September, 1943 in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mack was then serving as the Assistant Engineering Officer and was killed in that enemy action. He wore the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle East Area Campaign Medal with two bronze stars. He was survived by his father, Mr. Hadden Spurgeon Mackie who at Mack's death resided at 403 West 5th Avenue, Gastonia, North Carolina.

Class of 1943

Wiley is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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