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William Ward Burrows II

Born: Oct 6, 1785

Death: Sep 5, 1813

Nationality: United States

William Ward Burrows II

Date of Birth : Oct 6, 1785
Date of Death : Sep 5, 1813

Lieutenant William Ward Burrows II was an officer in the United States Navy during the First Barbary War and the War of 1812. His father, William Ward Burrows I, was the second Commandant of the Marine Corps. Burrows was born in Philadelphia, and appointed a Midshipman in 1799. He distinguished himself at Tripoli onboard Constitution. Lieutenant Burrows died while in command of the brig USS Enterprise as a result of wounds received during the engagement with the British brig HMS Boxer. He was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Portland, Maine next to the slain commander of Boxer, Samuel Blyth. For his actions, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Three ships in the United States Navy have been named USS Burrows for him.


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