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USS Borum (DE 790)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Borum (DE 790) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 April 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 14 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William H. Ferguson, Jr., wife of Cmdr. William H. Ferguson Jr., War Plans Officer for the Eighth Naval District
  • 30 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. K. Davis, USNR, in command
  • Scheduled conversion to APD 82 cancelled
  • 28 March 1946: Entered the Charleston Navy Yard for pre-decommissioning inspections and repair
  • 29 April 1946: Entered Green Cove Springs, Fla. for final decommissioning preparations
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 01 August 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 07 March 1967: Sold for scrap to the Peck Iron & Metal Company of Portsmouth, Va., for the sum of $24,506.00
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    235k 14 August 1943: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Borum is christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Mary Frances Ferguson. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    425k 14 August 1943: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Borum (DE 790) launching at the Consolidated Steel Corp. The ship is shown just before going down the ways.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-82633 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    365k 28 November 1943: Orange, Tex. - Borum, two days before her commissioning. She's probably at the fitting out pier of Consolidated Steel's yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-790 19-LCM-1 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    40k undated wartime image

    (Photo from the DESA Archives)
    340k 11 May 1944: Plymouth, England - USS Borum (DE 790) tied up to the port side of USS Augusta (CA 31). Augusta is moored to buoy #4 in the Homoaze at Plymouth, England. The Hamoaze is an estuarine stretch of the tidal River Tamar, between its confluence with the River Lynher and Plymouth Sound. It is just off the Royal Navy Dockyard at Devonport. Both ships are part of the run-up to D-Day, scheduled to take place in about three weeks.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-356311 taken by the Amphibious Command, United Kingdom, from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    251k 26 October 1945: New York Harbor - USS Borum (DE 790) anchored off New York City. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 22. (Photo probably taken by Ted Stone).

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79820-A, courtesy of Ted Stone, 1980, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Borum History
    View the USS Borum (DE 790) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Borum as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Borum's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Nov. 1943 - .. Aug. 1945Lcdr. J. K . Davis, USNR
    2.) .. Aug. 1945 - 06 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Robert W. Whelan, USNR
    3.) 06 Nov. 1945 - .. .... 1946Cmdr. Merritt Berner, USNR
    4.) .. .... 1946 - 15 Jun. 1946Lcdr. J. B. Brady, USNR

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