From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


William Burrows was appointed a Midshipman in 1799. He distinguished himself at Tripoli. Lieutenant Burrows died on board the brig Enterprise as a result of wounds received during the engagement with the British brig Boxer 13 September 1813.

(DE-105: dp. 1240: l. 306'; b. 36'8"; dr. 11'8"; s. 21 k.; cpl. 186; a. 3 3", 3 21" TT.; cl. Cannon)

The third Burrows (DE-105) was launched 2 October 1943 by Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.; sponsored by Miss Ruth C. Tech, and commissioned 19 December 1943, Lieutenant Commander R. W. Graham, USNR, in command.

Between February 1944 and May 1945 Burrows served as convoy escort for seven round-trip convoys to England and one to Bizerte, Tunisia. During intervals between voyages she conducted refresher training at Casco Bay, Maine, and Block Island, R. I.

On 28 June 1945 Burrows transited the Panama Canal and reported to the Pacific Fleet. After a brief period of yard availability at San Diego she arrived at Pearl Harbor 19 July and engaged in a strenuous training program until August. She arrived at Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, 13 August and was ordered to carry out an anti-submarine sweep of the area around Truk, Caroline Islands. This sweep was made between 16 and 23 August. On 25 August she proceeded to Leyte, Philippine Islands, arriving 31 August.

Between September 1945 and January 1946 Burrows operated in the Far East between the Philippine Islands, Okinawa, and Japan in support of the occupation. She arrived at San Francisco 23 February 1946 and was then ordered to the east coast for inactivation. She proceeded to Norfolk in March and then steamed to Green Cove Springs, Fla., where she commenced the final phases of inactivation 13 April. She was placed out of commission in reserve 14 June 1946. In 1950 she was towed to Boston, arriving 7 February, and commenced overhaul preparatory to transfer under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program. Burrows was transferred to the Netherlands 1 June 1950.