U.S.S. William Ward Burrows
1942(Saratoga Model Shipyard SMY-58)
- Class: William Ward Burrows - 1 transport of 1940
- Displacement: 4,576 tons
- Dimensions: 386 x 53-1 x 21-10 ft.
- Machinery: Diesels, twin screws, 3,500 bhp = 13 knots
- Armament: 4-3"/50, 8-20mm
- Troops: 2,400
- Crew: 250
- Builder: Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Launched: May 1929
- Acquireed: 6 Feb 1940
- Commissioned: 15 May 1940
- Decommissioned: 14 May 1946
- Service: Built as Santa Rita for the Grace Line. Taken over by US Navy for service as transport in 1939. Before war began she made nine voyages in the Pacific to improve US defense system. On 7 Dec 1941 she was on way to Wake Island; 13 Dec rudder damaged but escapes from Johnston Atoll. Sails between Hawaiian Islands until heading to Mare Island for refit May 1942. At Guadalcanal 29 Aug, shoots down 2 Japanese aircraft, runs aground twice, but escapes to Pearl Harbor by 28 Sep. Transports to fiji, Espiritu Santo, and Hawaii in 1943; Tutuila, Kwajalein, Eniwetok in 1944. On 30 Oct minor damage at Saipan; base ship at Guam into 1945. At Okinawa and takes part in occupation of Japan with missions in Japanese waters to Jan 1946. Earned four Battle Stars. Scrapped 1957.