USS Champlin (DD 601)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||16 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||31 Jan 1942|
|Launched||25 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||12 Sep 1942|
|End service||31 Jan 1947|
Decommissioned 31 January 1947.
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Commands listed for USS Champlin (DD 601)
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|1||Cdr. Charles Leroy Melson, USN||12 Sep 1942||28 Jan 1944|
|2||John Jackson Shaffer, 111, USN||28 Jan 1944||7 Apr 1944|
|3||Robert Louis Baughan, Jr., USN||7 Apr 1944||19 Apr 1944|
|4||Francis Edward Fleck, Jr., USN||19 Apr 1944||22 May 1945|
|5||Francis Clyde Rydeen, USN||22 May 1945||21 Mar 1946|
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Noteable events involving Champlin include:
17 Mar 1943
USS Rowan, USS Champlin and the American merchant William Johnson together pick up survivors from the American merchant Molly Pitcher that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-167 in the North Atlantic about 500 nautical miles west of Lisbon. The Molly Pitcher was abandoned and finally sunk the next day by German U-boat U-521.
7 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-856 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of New York, in position 40°18'N, 62°22'W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Champlin and the US destroyer escort USS Huse. (see map)