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USS Barr (APD-39)
USS Barr (DE-576) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Victor - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 29MAY44) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts (29MAY44, 4-KIA, 12-MIA, 14-WIA)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 3 November 1943, as the Buckley Class Destroyer Escort Barr (DE-576), at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham. MA.
  • Launched, 28 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Barr (DE-576), 16 February 1944, LCDR Henry H. Love, USNR, in command.
  • Converted at Boston Navy Yard to a Charles Lawrence High-speed Transport
  • Redesignated (APD-39), 23 October 1944
  • During World War II USS Barr first served the the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater as Destroyer Escort DE-576 and later in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as High Speed Transport APD-39, assigned TransDiv One Hundred Five, CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Operation and Dates

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Task Group 21.11, 22 April to 29 May 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
      Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February to 4 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS Barr (APD-39) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 1 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
  • USS Barr earned three battle stars for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, 23 March 1963, during Operation Springboard
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' (ovl)
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6" (max)
    Speed 23.6 kts (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 186
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge projector
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    two D-type Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Barr 33k USS Barr (APD-39) under way, 31 October 1944, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.

    USS Barr (DE-576 / APD-39)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Love, Henry Harold, USNR16 February 1944 - 2 July 1943DE-576
    02LCDR. Dickie, Porter Tobias, USNR2 July 1944 - 31 July 1945DE-576 / APD-39
    03LT. Gordon, William Howard, USNR31 July 1945 - 22 November 1945APD-39
    04LT. Rowan, George Mason, USNR22 November 1945 - 12 July 1946APD-39
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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