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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
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 01 August 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 1966: Sold for scrapping
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    Borum 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.
    Borum 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.
    Borum 40k undated wartime image

    (Photo from the DESA Archives)
    Borum 141k late February 1944: New York, N.Y. - USS Borum (DE 790) at anchor at New York, with her antiaircraft armament increased and her triple torpedo tube mount removed.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79820 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. R. W. Whelan, USNR
    3.) 06 Nov. 1945 - .. .... 1946Cmdr. M. Berner, USNR
    4.) .. .... 1946 - 15 Jun. 1946Lcdr. J. B. Brady, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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