NavSource Main Page FAQ Contact us Search NavSource

Waving US Flag

NavSource Naval History
Photographic History of the United States Navy


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBMF

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chlamers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Charleston Navy Yard. May 9 1942.
Launched August 8 1942 and commissioned April 3 1943.
Decommissioned June 25 1946.
Stricken November 1 1972.
Fate Sunk as target June 20 1974.

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
Burns 26kOtway Burns was born at Queen's Creek, near Swaneboro, N.C., in 1775 and developed a keen ability at navigation while sailing the sounds, rivers, inlets, and creeks near his home. When the War of 1812 came, he secured letters of marque and reprisal for the schooner Snap Dragon. He and his privateer made three cruises during which he had several encounters with British warships and captured a number of valuable prizes. Following the war, Burns resumed shiphuilding activities at Beaufort, S.C. He also spent 13 years in the North Carolina general assembly. In 1835, President Andrew Jackson appointed Burns to be keeper of the Brant Island Shoal Light. He retained that position until his death on 25 August 1850.Bill Gonyo
Burns 82kArtist's conception of the Burns as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Burns 118kUndated photo of the crew.Carolyn Ramsay
Burns   Burns   Burns   Burns   Burns
Charleston, SC May 15 1943
Mike Mohl
Burns 156kAt sea after her 1944 refit showing full AA armament of ten Bofors and seven 20mm guns.Bill Bryson
Burns 43kLTJG Middendorf on forecastle of the USSBurns July 1945.Timothy Middendorf
Burns 44kIn Shanghai, China November 30 1945 doing mail runs between China and Korea.-
Burns 72kSan Francisco Bay in January of 1946.-
Burns 66kSan Francisco Bay in January of 1946.-
Burns 51kAs she appears today off San Clemente Island. Photo by Dan Bramley.Mike Mohl

USS BURNS DD-588 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald Temple Eller    Apr 3 1943 - Jul 28 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Jacob Thompson Bullen Jr.    Jul 28 1944 - Aug 4 1945
LCDR Heyden Forbes Wells    Aug 4 1945 - ?

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The Lost Submarine website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

Back To The Main Photo Index To The Destroyer Index Page

Comments and Suggestions about this page, E-mail DestroyerInfo
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster