Message: From Admiral William ("Bull") Frederick Halsey Jr. to Captain Arleigh ("31-Knot") A. Burke, Regarding His Successful Command of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-three


Image of mailgram from Admiral Halsey to Admiral Burke.


Form 315X

U.S.S. Charles Ausburne (DD 570)  



Heading: (MAILGRAM) 21 MARCH 1944 (NO REF)  

FOR CAPTAIN THIRTY-ONE KNOT BURKE X ON YOUR IMPENDING DETACHMENT
FROM COMMAND OF DESRON TWENTY THREE (23) AND FROM SOPAC I WISH

TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION AND TO REPEAT MY MANY QUOTE WELL DONES
UNQUOTE FOR THE SPLENDID CONTRIBUTION MADE BY COMDESRON TWENTY

THREE (23) AND BY HIS FIGHTING SHIPS TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR
CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE JAP X YOUR INTELLIGENT AGGRESSIVENESS HAS

CONSTANTLY SET THE ENEMY BACK ON HIS HIS HEELS AND HAS SENT MANY
JAPS TO THEIR PROPER RESTING PLACE X ALL HANDS IN THE SOUTH

PACIFIC ARE PROUD OF THE WORKMANLIKE JOB YOU HAVE DONE X WELL
DONE INDEED AND GOOD LUCK X HALSEY

TOR: 0020-24TH/MAIL-SUPR:WW-WU-VV


From: COMSOPAC ADVAN
Date: 24 MARCH
Action To: COMDESRON 23
Information To: COMDESPAC -- DESRON 23 -- CTF 39 -- CINCPAC -- COMCENPAC -- CTF 58

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