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|48k||Warranted a midshipman on 10 November 1799, William Burrows served in the West Indies in Portsmouth during the Quasi War with France and remained
in that man of war when she sailed to Europe in 1800 to bring back the envoys of the United States who had negotiated the treaty ending that conflict. He was in charge of the frigate
United States in 1801 and 1802 while that warship was laid up in the Washington Navy Yard. During American wars with the Barbary pirates, he saw Mediterranean service in
Constitution, Vixen, Siren, and Essex between 1801 and 1807 and received his commission as a lieutenant on 19 March of the latter year.
At sea in command of Enterprise when war with England was declared in 1812, Burrows cruised along the east coast of the United States in that brig during the first year of the conflict. On 5 September 1813, Enterprise's lookouts sighted the Royal Navy brig Boxer, and the American warship gave chase. When she had drawn within range of her opponent, Enterprise opened fire, starting a fierce engagement in which both Burrows and the captain of the British warship were killed before Boxer surrendered.
USS Burrows (DE 105) (1943-1946) was the third ship to be named in his honor, she was preceded by the Lake Champlain row galley Burrows (1814-1825) and DD 29 (1911-1931).
|454k||A photo of the Commissioning Party of USS Burrows and the "Thank You" letter that was sent to accompany it. The contributor believes the Oakmans were descendants of William Burrows.||David Wright|
|83k||A wartime shot of USS Burrows lying at anchor.
(Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 73273, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|40k||undated wartime image. The paint job is the standard for new DE's - two shades of blue. Each trip in had changed our color and design of camouflage due to changing conditions||Pat Stephens|
|438k||03 January 1945: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Burrows, photographed from a blimp of Airship Patrol Squadron 11 (ZP-11), enroute from the Naval Ammunition Depot at
Leonardo, N.J. to Casco Bay, Portland, Maine for routine refresher training. She had been undergoing routine repairs and overhaul at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York from 23 to 31 December 1944.
(U.S. Navy photos #80-G-301385 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
|Rick E. Davis|
|70k||circa 1950: as HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806)||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|43k||circa 1954: as HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806)|
|View the USS Burrows (DE 105) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Burrows as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Burrow's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 19 Dec. 1943 - 07 Aug. 1944||Lcdr. Robert Wallace Graham, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '34) (Framingham, Mass.)|
|2.) 07 Aug. 1944 - 23 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. John Parkinson Jr., USNR (New York, N.Y.)|
|3.) 23 Nov. 1945 - .. .... ....||Lt. David James Thorpe, USNR|
|4.) .. .... .... - 26 April 1946||Lcdr. W. S. Mills Jr., USN (Decomm. CO)|
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