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USS Baron (DE 166)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - O - L
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Baron (DE 166) Building and Operational Data:
  • 30 November 1942: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 09 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Anne Pl. Baron, widow of Lieutenant Commander Baron
  • 05 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr D. McVicker, USNR, in command
  • 26 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9⅔ months of service
  • 14 May 1952: Struck from the NVR
  • 03 May 1952: Transferred to Uruguay under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, renamed ROU Uruguay (DE-1), struck and scrapped in 1990
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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.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    165k 20 October 1944: Forward plan view of USS Baron off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-166-6339-44)
    Darryl Baker
    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)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    88k undated image Wilman Fuentes, via Mark Roberts
    at Destroyers Online
    54k ROU Uruguay (DE-1) underway, date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    100k circa 1980: Uruguay at sea.

    Baron History
    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. 1943Lcdr. Donald McVickar, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 26 Oct. 1943 - 18 Aug. 1944Lcdr. John Wesley Stewart, USNR 
    3.) 18 Aug. 1944 - 01 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Wagner M. Dickerson, USNR
    4.) 21 Nov. 1945 - 01 Dec. 1945Lcdr. George W.  Egan, USNR
    5.) 31 Dec. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946Lt. John H. Mulski, USNR
    6.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Morris K. Wilson, Jr., USNR (decomm)

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