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USS Borum (DE-790)
Laid down: 28 April 1943
Launched: 14 August 1943
Commissioned: 30 November 1943
Decommissioned: 15 June 1946
Struck: 1 August 1965
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1966
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,740 long ton (full)
1,400 tons, (standard)
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36 ft 9 in (11.20 m)
Draft: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: GE turbo-electric drive,
12,000 shp (8.9 MW)
two propellers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
Range: 4,940 nautical miles at 12 knots
  (9,200 km at 22 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers, 198 enlisted
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) DP guns,
3 × 21 in (53 cm) torpedo tubes,
1 × 1.1 in (28 mm) quad AA gun,
8 × 20 mm cannon,
1 × hedgehog projector,
2 × depth charge tracks,
8 × K-gun depth charge projectors

USS Borum (DE-790) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, named in honor of Lieutenant (junior grade) John R. Borum (1907–1943). Borum was launched on 14 August 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. W. H. Ferguson, wife of Commander Ferguson; and commissioned on 30 November 1943, Lieutenant Commander J. K. Davis, USNR, in command.

Borum spent her entire World War II service in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Until March 1944 she served as an escort vessel along the east coast and in the Caribbean, as well as a training vessel in Chesapeake Bay. She departed New York 8 March 1944 for the British Isles to train for the coming invasion of Europe and to escort convoys between British ports. From 6 to 22 June 1944 she screened the convoys carrying troops and supplies from Britain to the Normandy beachhead.

For most of the next year Borum helped blockade the Channel Islands and protect the shipping headed for Cherbourg and Le Havre, France. She assisted British forces in their occupation of the Channel Islands (11–12 May 1945). Borum departed Europe in June 1945 and, after a short period as a training vessel in Chesapeake Bay during July, she prepared to join the U.S. Pacific Fleet as a high-speed transport (APD-82). Following the Japanese surrender her orders were canceled and she reverted to training duty with submarines operating out of New London, Conn., and then acted as plane guard for Croatan (CVE-25) and Solomons (CVE-67). In January 1946 she joined Escort Division 4, but on 28 March began inactivation at Charleston Naval Shipyard. She arrived at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 29 April and was placed out of commission 15 June 1946.

Borum received one battle star for her participation in the invasion of Normandy.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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