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USS Paul G. Baker (DE 642)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - P - D
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal


Specifications:
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
Paul G. Baker (DE 642) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 September 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 12 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine E. Baker
  • 25 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr W. Gordon Cornell, USNR, in command
  • 3 February 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1 December 1969: Stricken from the NVR
  • October 1970: Sold for scrapping
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    Paul G. Baker 577k 3 June 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - Paul G. Baker in two post-commissioning photos from Bethlehem Steel's San Francisco shipyard. (U.S. Navy photos from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Paul G. Baker 625k
    Paul G. Baker 623k date / location unknown: USS Wichita (CA 45) in background. (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives) Bob "Von" Liebman
    Major, USAF (Ret)

    View the USS Paul G. Baker (DE 642) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Paul G. Baker
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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