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||T/Cdr. Charles Leroy Melson, USN||12 Sep 1942||28 Jan 1944|
|2||Lt. John Jackson Shaffer, 3rd, USN||28 Jan 1944||7 Apr 1944|
|3||Robert Louis Baughan, Jr., USN||7 Apr 1944||19 Apr 1944|
|4||T/Cdr. Francis Edward Fleck, Jr., USN||19 Apr 1944||22 May 1945|
|5||T/Lt.Cdr. Francis Clyde Rydeen, USN||22 May 1945||21 Mar 1946|
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Notable events involving Champlin include:
12 Mar 1943
German U-boat U-130 was sunk west of the Azores, in position 37°10'N, 40°21'W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Champlin.
15 Mar 1943
USS Champlin (T/Cdr. C.L. Melson, USN) picked up 127 survivors from the French merchant Wyoming that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-524 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores in position 40°18'N, 28°56'W. The survivors, the entire crew and all passengers, were landed at Casablanca, Marocco.
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.
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