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German torpedo attack in the Atlantic - Although Barr was brought home, repaired,
and restored to duty, 17 of her crew were lost and remain on eternal duty

USS Barr (DE 576 / APD 39)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - V - X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Barr (DE 576) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 November 1943: Keel laid by by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co., Hingham, Mass.
  • 28 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Cora Dell Barr, Pfc. Barr's mother
  • 15 February 1944: Commissioned at Hingham, Mass., Lcdr. Henry H. Love, USNR, in command
  • 29 May 1944: Torpedoed by U-549 while operating with USS Block Island (CVE 21); 5 crewmembers dead, 12 missing, and 11 injured
  • 26 October 1944: Conversion to a Crosley Class APD completed at the Boston Navy Yard (redesignated APD 39)
  • 12 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 June 1960: Struck from the NVR
  • 23 March 1963: Sunk as target off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
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    Barr 81k USS Barr (DE 576) after being torpedoed on 29 May 1944.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 86683 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Barr 106k USS Barr (DE 576) showing damage to her stern after she was torpedoed by U-549 in the same wolfpack battle in which USS Block Island
    (CVE 21) was sunk.

    (Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Barr 59k Caption from the above news photo. Tommy Trampp
    Benton City, Wash.
    Barr 211k A similar picture to the above, taken from a different angle.

    (Photo from the Ned J. Marrow Collection)
    Ned Marrow
    Carol Hipperson

    Newsletter Article about
    Block Island's Loss
    Courtesy of
    Ned Marrow

    Barr History
    View the USS Barr (DE 576) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Barr's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Feb. 1944 - 02 Jul. 1944Lcdr. Henry Harold Love, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 02 Jul. 1944 - 31 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Porter Tobias Dickie, USNR
    3.) 31 Jul. 1945 - 22 Nov. 1945Lt. William Howard Gordon, USNR
    4.) 22 Nov. 1945 - 12 Jul. 1946Lt. George Mason Rowan, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: "Smiley" Burnette
    E-mail: Smiley Burnette
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
    Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.

    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Barr (APD39)
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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