Allied Warships

USS Burke (DE 215)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassBuckley 
PennantDE 215 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down1 Jan 1943 
Launched3 Apr 1943 
Commissioned20 Jul 1943 
End service22 Jun 1949 
History

Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified as APD-65 on 24 January 1945.
Decommissioned 22 June 1949.
Stricken 1 June 1968.
Transferred to Colombia 12 August 1968 being renamed Almirante Brion.
Almirante Brion was stricken and scrapped in 1974.

 

Commands listed for USS Burke (DE 215)

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CommanderFromTo
1Edwin Knapp Winn, USNR20 Aug 194316 Jan 1944
2William Lawrence Dommerich, USNR16 Jan 1944Mar 1945
3Robert Emil Newmann, USNMar 1945late 1946

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Notable events involving Burke include:


16 Nov 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN), USS Scott, USS Weber and USS Burke. (1)

17 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Scott, USS Weber, USS Burke and aircraft. (2)

16 Dec 1944
USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Burke (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Dommerich, USNR), USS Richey (Cdr. J.H Forney, USCG), USS Decatur (Lt. B.B. Kirkland, USNR) and USS Tigrone (Cdr. H. Cassedy, USN).

17 Dec 1944
USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Burke (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Dommerich, USNR), USS Richey (Cdr. J.H Forney, USCG), USS Decatur (Lt. B.B. Kirkland, USNR) and USS Tigrone (Cdr. H. Cassedy, USN).

15 Jan 1945
USS Bumper (Cdr. J.W. Williams, Jr., USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Enright (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Bradley, Jr., USNR) and USS Burke (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Dommerich, USNR).

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17776
  2. ADM 173/17788

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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