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USS Burrows (DE 105)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - P - G - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Burrows (DE 105) Building and Operational Data:
  • 20 March 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
  • 02 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Ruth C. Tech
  • 19 December 1943: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Lcdr. Robert W. Graham, USNR, in command
  • 26 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 01 June 1950: Transferred to the Netherlands (MDAP), renamed HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806) (sold in February 1968 to Simons Scheepsslooparij N.V. of Rotterdam for scrapping)
  • 26 September 1950: Struck from the NVR
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    Burrows 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).
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Burrows 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
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    Burrows 83k A wartime shot of USS Burrows lying at anchor.

    (Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 73273, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Burrows 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
    Burrows 122k 1943 David Buell
    Burrows 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
    Springfield, Oh.
    Burrows 70k circa 1950: as HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Burrows 43k circa 1954: as HNLMS Van Amstel (F.806)

    Burrows History
    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. 1944Lcdr. Robert Wallace Graham, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '34) (Framingham, Mass.)
    2.) 07 Aug. 1944 - 23 Nov. 1945Lcdr. John Parkinson Jr., USNR (New York, N.Y.)
    3.) 23 Nov. 1945 - .. .... ....Lt. David James Thorpe, USNR
    4.) .. .... .... - 26 April 1946Lcdr. W. S. Mills Jr., USN (Decomm. CO)

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