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USS BARKER (DD-213)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJK

CLASS - CLEMSON
Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles, at 15 knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on April 30 1919.
Launched September 11 1919 and Commissioned December 27 1919.
Decommissioned July 18 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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Barker 63kBorn in Hanson, Mass., 31 March 1845, Albert S. Barker graduated from the Academy in 1862. He served in Mississippi, Monogahela, and Niagara during the Civil War. During the Spanish-American War he commanded Newark and participated in the bombardment of Santiago 1 July 1898. He was Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet 1903-05. Rear Admiral Barker died 30 January 1916 at Washington, D.C. Photo from the “Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Officers of the Army and Navy” (1905).Bill Gonyo
Barker 52kArtist's conception of the Barker as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Barker 14kUndated, location unknown.Scott McCoy
Barker 166kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Smith Thompson 105kUndated, USS Borie (DD-215), USS Barker (DD-213) and USS Smith Thompson (DD-212) in Shanghai. Notice windows broken on bridge from heavy seas on our way up from Manila. Photo taken by Tom McLaughlin.Wayne McLaughlin
Barker 96kUndated crew photo, location unknown. From the collection of Tim Rizzuto.Ed Zajkowski
Barker 38kCirca the 1920's location unknown.Douglas Chartier
Barker 52kSeen here April 1 1920 at Philadelphia.Brad Baker
Barker 158kUSS Barker (DD-213) with the USS Whitney (AD-4) in the background in Haiti in 1928. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Gene Lovegren/Darryl Baker
Barker 106kUSS Barker (DD-213) drying signal flags while at anchor, 17 May 1928. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-481351.Robert Hurst
Barker 122kThe Barker's baseball team in the 1933-34 timeframe. From the collection of CDR August Billig, then a SM3c, who is standing 7th from the left with the dark cap.Bruce Billig
Barker 74kPhoto #: 80-G-1025121, USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at Manila, Philippine Islands, 15 November 1935, with four destroyers and USS Heron (AM-10) nested alongside. The four destroyers are (from left to right): USS Whipple (DD-217); USS John D. Edwards (DD-216); USS Smith Thompson (DD-212); and USS Barker (DD-213). All ships are "full dressed" with flags in honor of the inauguration of Philippine President Manuel Quezon. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Barker 416kFive images of the Barker from Stuart's Dad's photo collection. He was a Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Delight (H38), a part of the British Asiatic Fleet during 1936. This image shows the Barker and her Squadron in Hong Kong.Stuart Regler
Barker 141kAs above. This image shows the Barker and Delight's crew ashore for a bit of Liberty.Stuart Regler
Barker 102kAs above. This image shows the Barker.Stuart Regler
Barker 180kAs above. This image shows a bit more Liberty as they sample the local brew.Stuart Regler
Barker 149kAs above. This image shows the Barker's softball team.Stuart Regler
Barker 152kcirca 1939, dress ship and under her own steam plant operating, location unknown. From the LT Howard Havens photo collection now held by the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Barker 75kUSS Barker DD-213 on July 21, 1942 in Nukualofa Harbor, Tongatabu by a photographer onboard the USS Wasp CV-7. According to the USS Barker's deck log she arrived in Nukualofa Harbor at 0806 hrs, July 21st and moored alongside the USS Kanawha to refuel. At 1124 hrs she got underway and left the harbor, on her way to Pearl Harbor. The date, August 4, 1942, is on the other photos in the series also and is obviously wrong as the USS President Jackson was well on her way toward Guadalcanal with TF-62 on that date.Paul Rebold/Bob Wiemer
Barker 70kAs above.Paul Rebold
Barker 138kUSS Barker (DD 213) off Mare Island on January 1, 1943. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Barker 185kUSS Barker (DD-213) on New Year's Day 1943 at Mare Island.David Buell
Barker 181kAs above.David Buell

USS BARKER DD-213 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Clifford Windsor    Dec 27 1919 - ?
LCDR Wilson Brown Jr.    ? 1920 - ? (Later VADM)
LCDR William Dwight Chandler, Jr.    ? 1921 - ?
LT Delorimer Mortimer Steece    ? 1922 - Jun 8 1923
LCDR Joel William Bunkley    Jun 8 1923 - Jan 3 1924 (Later RADM)
CDR William Alden Hall    Jan 3 1924 - Sep 1925
CDR Roland Marcy Comfort    Feb 6 1926 - ? 1928
LCDR Edwin James Gilliam    Apr 12 1929 - Apr 1930
LCDR Leonard Doughty Jr.    Apr 1930 - Jan 1931 (Later COMO)
LCDR James Kepler Davis    Jan 1931 - ?
CDR Pat Buchanan    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR William Daniel Thomas    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR William Hartwell Wallace    ? 1938
LCDR Justin Stephen Fitzgerald    ? 1939 - Jun 1940
LCDR Lewis Gerard McGlone    Jun 1940 - Jan 1 1942
LT David Alonzo Harris    Jan 1 1942 - Jan 28 1942
LCDR Adolph Jerome Miller    Jan 28 1942 - Aug 8 1943
LCDR Richard Gary Colbert    Aug 8 1943 - May 1944 (Later ADM)
LCDR Harold Page Smith    May 1944 - Apr 1945 (Later ADM)
LT George E. Cohee    Apr 1945 - Jul 18 1945

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