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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).
|83k||Burrows at anchor during the war. (Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 73273, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970)||Mike Green|
|40k||undated wartime image. The paint job is the standard for new DE's - two shades of blue. Each trip in has changed our color and design of camouflage due to changing conditions||Pat Stephens|
|70k||circa 1950: as HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806)||Robert Hurst|
|43k||circa 1954: as HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806)|
|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.)|
|2.) 07 Aug. 1944 - 23 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. John Parkinson, Jr., USNR|
|3.) 23 Nov. 1945 - 30 Nov. 1945||Lt. David James Thorpe, USNR|
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