The Seaweed

USS Champlin DD-601  

Spring 2002

Champlin References

Here's what others say about the USS Champlin:


Hitler's U-boat War, The Hunted 1942-1945, Clay Blair, Random House, pg. 56.

The Two Ocean War, Adm. Samuel E. Morison, Little, Brown & Co., pg. 362.

The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943, Volume I, Samuel E. Morison, Little, Brown & Co., pages 357 and 358

United States Destroyer Operations in World War II, Theodore Roscoe, (1953) Naval Institute Press, pgs. 282, 302, 320, 321, 335, 375, 379 and 545. World War II Encyclopedia


Sea Classics, Challenge Publications, Vol. 32 #9, March 1999, "Red Anzio" by Irwin J. Kappes

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Champlin Ship's Stores

Wonder where you can get a USS Champlin hat, sweatshirt, T-shirt, jacket or whatever? Here's where and how much:

Baseball style cap, specify either navy blue with white lettering or white with navy blue lettering, "USS Champlin DD-601": $10.00 including shipping. Also, 3" diameter cloth emblems (patches), navy blue and gold; (can be sewn on ties, jackets, caps, etc.): $3.00 including shipping. In stock. Order from Norman prewitt, 2049 East Ridge Drive, Excelsio Springs, MO 64024-2869, (816) 630-7272

Sweatshirts, T-shirts and light-weight jacket with a large action picture of the USS Champlin DD-601 at sea imprinted in navy blue. Sweatshirts: $15.00; T-shirts - $7.50 and Jackets - $19.00. In stock. Order from Robert E. McAfee, 817 Winters Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-4545.

Gone. . .Too Soon

Allen, Robert William d. 11/23/2001
Connors, Charles Edwin d. 3/15/2002
Glass, Norman Robert d. 09/06/2001
Higgins, Donald George d.10/6/2001
Powell, Burgess Eugene d. 4/14/2001
Rodriguez, Lupe Ozuna d. 2/16/2001

Changing Berths

Doty, George J
1831 NE 20th Avenue
Canby, OR 97013-2540

Grassl, Joseph F.
5627 N, 89th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53225-2809

Hotard, Sidney J.
Phone # (225) 344-8294

From Lou Gilbert's Kitchen Table

To all my friends and shipmates: Thank you for showing faith in me to succeed Larry Suter and our other past presidents. It was a difficult decision to have our election, even with the small attendance due to September 11th. I did not campaign for the job, didn't really want it, but will try my best to perform it, with all of your help. I am unfamiliar with parliamentary procedure; it should be interesting. I promise to give it all I have, with my own opinions held to a minimum. I hope I can live up to our past presidents, Larry included, and preside over meetings with dignity, fairness, humor and competence. Thank you Larry for a job well done. Your President (through no fault of his own), Lou Gilbert.

          Stephen Champlin
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Mate. His cousin, Matthew Perry, was also a crewman on this voyage. At the time, Matthew was a U.S. Naval Academy Mid- shipman but on leave.

"Later in the year (1810), Stephen shipped out for Buenos Aires aboard the "Latona", serving once again in the capacity of Second Mate. In the summer of 1811 he sailed to the West Indies aboard the Brig "Dove" - but this time as First Mate. During this trip the Captain of the Dove died of Yellow Fever and Stephen acted as Captain during the return voyage. Upon his return, the owners of the ship were impressed enough with his handling of the situation that they immediately promoted him to the rank of Captain despite his being only 22 years of age. Before he could embark on another voyage, a 90-day embargo was again imposed due to the expectation that war with England would soon break out. During this embargo, Stephen was offered a warrant as Sailing Master in the U.S. Navy. He accepted this appointment provisional upon war actually being declared. When the War of 1812 actually did begin, Stephen was appointed to the command of a gunboat then anchored at Norwich. He fitted her out and joined up with Oliver Hazard Perry's fleet at Newport. He didn't see any action along the coast and had to be content to deliver messages from Perry to New London. (Perry was Stephen's first cousin). Stephen was appointed to the rank of Sailing Master on May 22, 1812; Lieutenant on December 9, 1814; Commander on June 22, 1838; Captain on August 4, 1850; and Commodore on April 4, 1867.

"Stephen was sent by Perry to the Great Lakes in 1813 in advance of Perry's main force. Stephen left with 42 men and two officers and traveled by land from Albany to Sackett's Harbor on Lake Erie. During the ensuing winter, Stephen and his men fitted up the schooner "Asp" in preparation for its attack on Little York (Toronto) during which he was second in command. After Toronto, he took part in the Battle of Fort George. Following this, Perry sent Stephen to Boston to try and secure added men from Bainbridge there. Upon his return to Sackett's Harbor, he was asked by Commodore (?) Chauncey to go to Utica, New York and collect a draft of $36,000 pay $9,000 to a Mr. Van Rensselaer and return with the balance. Upon his return to Sackett's Harbor two days later, Stephen was ordered by Chauncey to take 71 men and 3 officers to Perry at Erie. They marched from Sackett's Harbor that evening. At Schlosser he chartered a two masted boat and went up river (by rowing with barge poles) to Buffalo. There, the group took on arms before continuing on to Perry's position at Erie, arriving there on July 24, 1813 - a full

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