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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
Contract awarded 09 September 1940
Laid down 09 May 1942
Launched 08 August 1942
Commissioned 03 April 1943
Decommissioned 25 June 1946
Stricken 01 November 1972
Fate Sunk as gunfire target off San Clemente Island by Hull (DD-945) during testing of Mk 71 8"/55 MCLWG (Major Caliber Lightweight Gun), 29 June 1976 1
1. Other dates cited are incorrect. See here, which conclusively proves the circumstances of the sinking.

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Burns 26kOtway Burns was born at Queen's Creek, near Swansboro, North Carolina, in 1775 and developed a keen ability at navigation while sailing the sounds, rivers, inlets, and creeks near his home. When the War of 1812 came, he secured letters of marque and reprisal for the schooner Snap Dragon. He and his privateer made three cruises during which he had several encounters with British warships and captured a number of valuable prizes. Following the war, Burns resumed shiphuilding activities at Beaufort, S.C. He also spent 13 years in the North Carolina general assembly. In 1835, President Andrew Jackson appointed Burns to be keeper of the Brant Island Shoal Light. He retained that position until his death on 25 August 1850.Bill Gonyo
USS Burns (DD-588)
Burns 118kUndated crew photo.Carolyn Ramsay
138kPress photo of Burns' launch, 08 August 1942.Dave Wright
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Underway at Charleston, SC, 15 May 1943. On this day, Burns exited drydock after conducting inclining experiment tests.
Mike Mohl
Burns 156kAt sea after her 1944 refit showing full AA armament of ten Bofors and seven 20mm guns.Bill Bryson
Burns 43kLTJG William B. Middendorf, navigator, on forecastle of the USS Burns, July 1945.Timothy Middendorf
Burns 44kAt Shanghai, China, 30 November 1945, doing mail runs between China and Korea.-
Burns 72kSan Francisco Bay, January 1946.-
Burns 66kSan Francisco Bay, January 1946.-
Burns 51kAs she appears today off San Clemente Island. Photo by Dan Bramley.Mike Mohl

USS BURNS DD-588 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald Temple Eller    Apr 3 1943 - Jul 28 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR Jacob Thompson Bullen Jr.    Jul 28 1944 - Aug 4 1945

LCDR Heyden Forbes Wells    Aug 4 1945 - ?

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The Lost Submarine website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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