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USS Baker (DE 190)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - 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
Baker (DE 190) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 September 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 28 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Baker, the mother of Ens. Baker
  • 23 December 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Lcdr Luke B. Lockwood, USNR, in command
  • 04 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 2¼ months of service
  • 29 March 1952: Transferred (MDAP) to France, renamed Malgache (F-724) (struck 1969, sunk as a target 1970)
  • 18 April 1952: Struck from the NVR
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    93k undated wartime image Joseph Uhelski via
    Pete Richard
    69k program from Baker's visit to Wilmington DE
    204k 13 January 1946: the Copley Plaza in Boston - The starboard liberty section at a ship’s company party.
    210k 26 February 1956: Genoa, Italy - FNS Malgache moored on a port visit to Italy. Carlo Martinelli
    Genoa, Italy
    89k FNS Malgache at anchor, circa 1968 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Baker History
    View the USS Baker (DE 190) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Baker's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 23 Dec. 1943 - 14 Jun. 1944Lcdr. Luke B. Lockwood,USNR (comm.)
    2.) 14 Jun. 1944 - 09 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Norman Cutten Hoffman, USNR
    3.) 09 Aug. 1945 - 16 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Charles Garrison Meyer, Jr., USNR
    4.) 16 Nov. 1945 - 07 Feb. 1946Lcdr. Hollis Clifton Rawls, Jr., USNR
    5.) 07 Feb. 1946 - 20 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Howard Dilworth Edwards, USNR (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Baker
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