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USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570)

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USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) was launched 16 March 1942 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. W. H. Cotten; and commisioned 24 November 1942, Lieutenant Commander L. K. Reynolds in command.

USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570)'s first mission which took place between 1 April and 8 May 1943 was to escort a convoy to Casablanca from New York, returning with another. t was on the night of 27-28 September 1943 that the enemy first felt USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570)'s accurate fire, when she sank two barges in the waters off Vella LaVella. Early in October, she returned to Espiritu Santo for replenishment and training, and here on 23 October the squadron's most famous Commander, Captain Arleigh A. Burke, broke his pennant in USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570). Her support of the invasion of Bouganville began on the night of 31 October 1943, when her task force sortied from Port Purvis to neutralize the Japanese airfields at Buka with heavy gunfire. USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) fired on shore batteries here and on the Shortlands, which the task force passed on its way south to refuel.

Through December 1943, USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) continued her patrol, escort, antiaircraft, and bombardment duties in support of the Bougainville operation. After brief overhaul in Australia she returned to the northern Solomons 30 January 1944, and on 3 February sailed for action once more, fighting off a heavy Japanese air attack to break through for a bombardment mission on the northern coast of Bougainville. USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) was at sea from 6 June to 6 July 1944, primarily steaming in the screen guarding the carriers of TF 58 as they repeatedly struck Tinian, Saipan, Pagan, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

Continuing her support of the return to the Philippines, USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) screened transports from San Pedro Bay, sailing 4 January 1945, north for Lingayen Gulf. On 7 January, the escort fought off an enemy air attack, and later, USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570), with three other destroyers, sped off to investigate a radar contact.Through late March and April 1945, the destroyer screened landings at Panay and Negros, and provided night illumination and call-fire support at both Negroes and Parang on Mindanao.

USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) left Okinawa 10 September 1945, and arrived at Washington, D.C., 17 October to receive her Presidential Unit Citation. After a visit to New York, she reached Charleston, S.C., where she was placed out of commission in reserve 18 April 1946. 

For a complete history of USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) please see its DANFS page.