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|112k||Richard Baron graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1924. Lieutenant Commander Richard Baron earned the Navy Cross for his heroism during
the initial attacks on the Philippine Islands in December 1941, but was subsequently Killed in Action on 15 March 1942, during the bombing of Cebu City, in the Philippine Islands.
Citation: "The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Richard Swan Baron , United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as District Issuing Officer on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Sixteenth Naval District, Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, during the bombardment of that station by enemy Japanese forces on 10 December 1941. Lieutenant Commander Baron entered a burning building at considerable risk to his life to recover confidential publications and carry them to safety to prevent their loss or the possibility of their falling into enemy hands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States".
USS Baron (DE 166) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, from the Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1924.)
|165k||20 October 1944: Forward plan view of USS Baron off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6339-44)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|216k||20 October 1944: Amidships looking aft plan view of Baron at Mare Island.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6342-44)
|189k||21 October 1944: Stern view of Baron off Mare Island.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6352-44)
|97k||21 October 1944: Broadside view of Baron off Mare Island. She had been in overhaul at the shipyard from 07 September until 27 October 1944.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6354-44)
|107k||21 October 1944: Bow on view of Baron off Mare Island.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6357-44)
|84k||21 October 1944: Forward plan view of USS Baron off Mare Island in pattern 3D, Camouflage Measure 31 or 32.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6356-44 from NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files)
|88k||undated image||Wilman Fuentes, via Mark Roberts |
at Destroyers Online
|54k||ROU Uruguay (DE-1) underway, date / location unknown||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|100k||circa 1980: Uruguay at sea.|
|View the USS Baron (DE 166) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Baron's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 05 Jul. 1943 - 26 Oct. 1943||Lcdr. Donald McVickar, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 26 Oct. 1943 - 18 Aug. 1944||Lcdr. John Wesley Stewart, USNR|
|3.) 18 Aug. 1944 - 01 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Wagner M. Dickerson, USNR|
|4.) 21 Nov. 1945 - 01 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. George W. Egan, USNR|
|5.) 31 Dec. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946||Lt. John H. Mulski, USNR|
|6.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946||Lt.(jg) Morris K. Wilson, Jr., USNR (decomm)|
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