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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY January 29 1941.
Launched December 19 1941 and commissioned May 11 1942.
Decommissioned May 2 1946.
Stricken June 1 1968.
Fate Sunk as target off Florida November 4 1969.

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Bailey 73kRear Admiral Theodorus Bailey (April 12, 1805-February 14, 1877) was a U.S. naval officer during the American Civil War. Born in Chateaugay, New York, he entered the navy as a midshipman in January, 1818. He was commended for energy, enterprise, and gallantry in the Mexican-American War. He made captain in 1855. In July, 1862, he was made Commodore, and in July, 1866, rear-admiral on the retired list. In 1861 Captain Bailey was in command of Colorado, in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Later he took command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He was instrumental in developing a primitive "thruster system," the principles of which are still in use today. A pipe could direct water to one side of the ship or another, which caused the ship to be able to move with more agility in the high seas. Today, ships use this principle in thruster systems. Rear Admiral Bailey died at Washington, D. C., 10 February 1877. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the


for service as follows:
"For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces off Komandorski Islands, Bearing Sea, on March 26, 1943. With the only heavy cruiser of our small task force dead in the water following a fierce three-and-one-half-hour battle, the U.S.S. BAILEY led a determined torpedo attack against the superior Japanese surface force which was still closing our ships. Unprotected by friendly aircraft and without benefit of darkness or a smoke screen, she steamed forward at maximum speed, leading two other destroyers through a heavy barrage of hostile gunfire and concentrating her fire on the enemy’s leading heavy cruiser. Struck in rapid succession by two 8-inch shells and damaged by numerous near hits as she closed to within 9,000 yards, she launched five torpedoes and turned to retire just before two additional shell hits flooded her and rendered one engine inoperative. The only destroyer to release her torpedoes, the BAILEY succeeded in damaging one heavy cruiser and in turning back an overwhelming enemy force at the most crucial point of the battle. Her meritorious record of achievement is evidence of her own readiness for combat and the gallantry and seamanship of her officers and men."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. BAILEY on March 26, 1943, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Bailey 82kArtist's conception of the Bailey as she appeared in World War II 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
Bailey 103kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Bailey 69kUndated, location unknown. Images from the 1966/67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Bailey 90kLaunching December 19 1941 at Staten Island. Uncertain as to why the sign for the Beale appeared in this image.Ron Reeves
Bailey 155kUSS Bailey (DD-492) on 12 December 1942, by a plane from USS Chennango (CVE-28). Note: extra high casting on number 2 stack, unique to this ship, apparently. Photographed by PhoM2/c J.S. Springer, USN. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-264956.Tony Cowart/Robert Hurst/Mike Green
Bailey 33kUSS Bailey (DD-492) while participating in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943.Robert Hurst
Bailey 132kBattle damage to USS Bailey (DD 492) upon her arrival at Mare Island on 9 April 1943.Darryl Baker
Bailey 85kPlan view (forward) of USS Bailey (DD 492) at Mare Island on 2 Jul 1943. Circled areas were modified at the yard during the overhaul period from 8 April until 13 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Bailey 118kPlan view (aft) of USS Bailey (DD 492) at Mare Island on 2 Jul 1943. Circled areas were modified at the yard during the overhaul period from 8 April until 13 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Bailey 91kStern view of the USS Bailey (DD 492) in the Mare Island channel on 7/4/43.Darryl Baker
Bailey 75kBow view of the USS Bailey (DD 492) in the Mare Island channel on 7/4/43.Darryl Baker
Bailey 97kBroadside view of the USS Bailey (DD 492) off Mare Island on 7/4/43.Darryl Baker
Bailey 110kUSS Bailey (DD 492) at Mare Island July 4 1943. Photo from NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files.Tracy White
Bailey 127kNaval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) plan for the invasion of Saipan on June 15 1944.Wayne VanDerVoort
Bailey 93kNavy Photo 7525-44, broadside view of USS Bailey (DD 492) taken in November 1944 showing strafing damage.Darryl Baker
Bailey 89kFour views of the USS Bailey in a post-yard overhaul series from December 1944. NA 19LCM. Her overhaul seems to be one of the last occasions that a dazzle scheme pattern was introduced to a tin can.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Bailey 156kAs above.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Bailey 105kAs above.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Bailey 104kAs above.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Bailey 78kNavy Photo 7527-44, bow on view of USS Bailey (DD 492) off Mare Island on 8 Dec 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 25 Oct. until 11 Dec 1944.Darryl Baker
Bailey 81kNavy Photo 7532-44, stern view of USS Bailey (DD 492) off Mare Island on 8 Dec 1944.Darryl Baker
Bailey 71kUSS Bailey (DD 492) at Mare Island December 8 1944. Photo from NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files.Tracy White
Bailey 103kUSS Bailey (DD-492) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 8 December 1944. She is painted in what appears to be a variant of Camouflage Measure 31, Design 6D. Note the high casing around the lower part of the after smokestack, a feature unique to this ship. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107415.Robert Hurst

USS BAILEY DD-492 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Franklin D. Karns Jr.    May 11 1942 - ?
LCDR John Conner Atkeson    Jun 1942 - ? (Later RADM)
CDR Malcolm Townsend Munger    ? - Dec 5 1944
CDR Arthur Ferdinand Johnson    Dec 5 1944 - ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Carmen Putrelo
Address: 299 Vin Rose Circle SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909
Phone: 407-951-8936
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Bailey Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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