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USS Barry (APD-29)
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USS Barry (DD-248) (1920 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Tango
NJKT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 25 May 1945, Okinawa) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Destroyer clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (28 wounded, 25 May 1945)

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 26 July 1919, at New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 28 October 1920
  • Partially Commissioned USS Barry (DD-248), 28 December 1920, LTjg. A. H. Bamberger, USNR, in command
  • Held in reserve commission until fully commissioned, 15 November 1921
  • Decommissioned and assigned to the Rotating Reserve at Norfolk VA, 20 December 1932
  • Recommissioned, 20 June 1933
  • Designated (APD-29), January 1944
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, 31 December through 17 February 1944
  • During World War II USS Barry was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Task Group 21.14 Iwo Jima operation
    Invasion of Southern France Okinawa Gunto operation

  • Severally damaged by Japanese Kamikaze attack northwest of Okinawa, 25 May 1945, towed to Kerama Rhetto, stripped and decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 21 June 1945
  • Final Disposition, while being towed to sea to be used as a Kamikaze decoy, Barry and USS LSM-59 were sunk by additional Kamikaze attacks, 21 June 1945
  • USS Barry received the Presidential Unit Citation as a unit of TG 21.14 and five battle stars for her actions in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 8"
    Draft 9' 10"
    Speed 27.7 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    Armament
    three single 3"/50 cal gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 3025 Bbls
    Diesel 50 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    two Wheeler-Foster boilers 250psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers, 26,000shp

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    Barry 75k USS Barry (APD-29) underway, date and location unknown. CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    Barry 87k USS Barry (APD-29) underway off Norfolk, VA., 9 February 1945. Photographed by Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-307337 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Barry 110k USS Barry (APD-29) underway off Norfolk, VA., 9 February 1945. Photographed by Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-307335 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Barry 85k USS Barry (APD-29) underway off Norfolk, VA., 9 February 1945. Photographed by Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-307336 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Barry 84k USS Barry (APD-29) off Norfolk, VA., 9 February 1945. Photographed by Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-307333 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Barb Rebold
    Greene 131k High-speed Transports (APD) at Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, in late 1944. The APDs present, in center, are: USS Greene (APD-36) -- closest to camera; USS Osmond Ingram (APD-35) -- next inboard; USS Barry (APD-29); USS Roper (APD-20); and USS Tattnall (APD-19). At the extreme right is USS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427). This photograph was dated January 1945, but was taken at least a month earlier. Note old fort in the background.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-302954, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Barry 258k USS Barry (APD-29) at Kerama Retto, 30 May 1945, along side is the tug USS Lipan (ATF-85). She is fitted with a wooden caisson that was crafted to fit over the hole in her hull. This allowed her to be refloated and prepared for her new role. She sank finally on 21 June, while acting as a decoy to lure Kamikazes away from more valuable targets.
    A National Archives and Records Administration. photo from "Fire from The Sky" by Robert C. Stern.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-83 51k The hulk of the decommissioned USS Barry (APD-29) moored between USS Lipan (ATF-85) and USS LST-53 at Kerama Rhetto, circa late-May early-June 1945. USS LSM-83 is tied up to the opposite side of USS LST-53. Barry was used as a decoy ship to lure suicide planes into burned out ships and USS Lipan's job was to tow her. Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS Barry (APD-29)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    American APD Corporation
    Four Stack APD Veterans

    Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
    Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
    Phone:: 858 427-6696
    Email: apdsec@san.rr.com

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
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