Allied Warships

USS Champlin (DD 601)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 601 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down31 Jan 1942 
Launched25 Jul 1942 
Commissioned12 Sep 1942 
End service31 Jan 1947 

Decommissioned 31 January 1947.
Stricken 2 January 1971.
Sold 8 May 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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Commands listed for USS Champlin (DD 601)

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1T/Cdr. Charles Leroy Melson, USN12 Sep 194228 Jan 1944
2Lt. John Jackson Shaffer, 3rd, USN28 Jan 19447 Apr 1944
3Robert Louis Baughan, Jr., USN7 Apr 194419 Apr 1944
4T/Cdr. Francis Edward Fleck, Jr., USN19 Apr 194422 May 1945
5T/Lt.Cdr. Francis Clyde Rydeen, USN22 May 194521 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.

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.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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