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 A Tin Can Sailors
Destroyer History

USS CHARLES AUSBURNE
(DD-570)

The USS CHARLES AUSBURNE (DD-570), one of the famous destroyers of the Fletcher Class, was flagship for Commander Destroyer Squadron 23 through much of the Pacific War. It was as ComDesRon 23 that former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Arleigh Burke, earned his combat reputation. AUSBURNE was a participant in two of the famous surface battles of the Solomons Campaign: Empress Augusta Bay and Cape St. George--the latter considered a classic destroyer-to-destroyer engagement.

During 25 months of combat she earned 11 battle stars for assignments involving surface combat, anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, shore bombardment, convoy and radar picket actions; she weathered three typhoons and had gone to General Quarters 780 times. Through all this close action AUSBURNE lost none of her crew in combat and received only light fragmentation damage. After a stint in the Reserve Fleet, she served seven years in the German Federal Navy as ZERSTORER 6. She was later scrapped.

 

From The Tin Can Sailor, October 1981


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