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USS Barber (APD-57)
USS Barber (DE-161) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Bravo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Barber (APD-57) was transferred to Mexico, renamed ARM Coahuila (B-07)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 27 April 1943, as Barber (DE-161), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 20 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Barber (DE-161), 10 October 1943, LT. Eugene T. B. Sullivan in command
  • USS Barber (DE-161) was assigned primarily to convoy duty in the Atlantic and participated in the following actions;

    American Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Attack and sinking of U-488, 26 April 1944 Task Group 21.15, 24 March to 11 May 1944

  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Redesignated (APD-57), 23 October 1944
  • USS Barber (APD-57) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred-Six, CAPT. F. W. Schmidt USN (20), and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Barber (APD-57) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 October to 18 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 November 1968
  • USS Barber earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to Mexico, renamed ARM Coahuila (B-07)
  • Renamed Vincente Guerrero (E-21) at a later date
  • Struck from the Mexican Naval Register, 16 July 2001
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    USS Barber (APD-57)
    Barber 58k USS Barber (APD-57), date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    ARM Coahuila (B-07)
    Barber 1174k Overhead view of ex-USS Barber (APD-57) under way while in the Republic of Mexico naval service as ARM Coahuila (B-07) possibly at Vancouver, B.C., date unknown. Photo from the Chris Howell collection (received from B. Nicol)

    USS Barber (APD-57)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sullivan, Eugene Thomas Bradley10 October 1943 - 1 February 1944DE-161
    02LCDR. Shuldice, D'Arcy Virginus1 February 1944 - 22 March 1946DE-161 / APD-57
    03LTjg. Ward, E. C., USNRMarch 1946 - 22 March 1946APD-57
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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