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Harry F. Bauer (MMD 26)
ex-DM-26
ex-DD-738



Call sign:
November - Tango - Yankee - Mike

Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer/Robert H. Smith Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 6 March 1944 as DD-738 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Launched 9 July 1944
  • Reclasified as a Light Minelayer, DM-26, 20 July 1944
  • Delivered and commissioned USS Harry F. Bauer (DM-26), 22 September 1944
  • Decommissioned 12 March 1956 at Charleston, SC
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group
  • Reclassified as a Fast Minelayer, MMD-26, 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Navy Register 15 August 1971
  • Sold for scrap 12 June 1974 by the Defense Supply Agency, Defense Property Disposal Service, to Northern Metals of Philadelphia, PA.

    Specifications

  • Displacement 2,380 t.(lt), 3370 t.(fl)
  • Length 376' 6"
  • Beam 40' 10"
  • Draft 18' 10"
  • Speed 34 kts.
  • Complement 363
  • Armament: Three twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, six twin 40mm gun mounts, eleven 20mm guns, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge tracks and four depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Four Babcocks and Wilcox boilers, two 60,000shp General Electric Corp. geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Harry Frederick Bauer
    Harry F. Bauer 38k Harry Frederick Bauer was born 17 July 1904 at Camp Thomas Lytle, Ga., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1927. During the early part of his career he served at shore stations, including a tour as instructor at the Naval Academy, and in Twiggs, Cuyama, and Tracy. Bauer was commissioned Lieutenant Commander 1 July 1941 and took command of fast transport Gregory 1 January 1942. While acting as combat transports for Marines off Guadalcanal during the night of 4-5 September 1942, Gregory and Little were surprised by three Japanese destroyers covering a small troop landing. Though vastly outgunned, the two transports fought valiantly before being sunk. Lt. Comdr. Bauer was badly wounded, and while being pulled clear by two of his crew ordered them to rescue another man crying out for assistance. Lt. Comdr. Bauer was lost, receiving the Silver Star posthumously for his gallantry. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart having been killed in action as a direct result of wounds received in action with the enemy of the United States. Other awards received posthumously included the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal in the late 1940ís
    Photo courtesy of the Lucky Bag Yearbook - Class of 1927
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Harry F. Bauer (DM 26)
    Harry F Bauer 65k - -
    Thomas E. Fraser 35k Shannon (DM-25), Harry F. Bauer, Thomas E. Fraser (DM-24) and Shea (DM-30) USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM 24) Association
    Harry F. Bauer 60k - -
    Harry F. Bauer 122k . Tommy Trampp
    Harry F. Bauer 108k c. Summer 1945
    Coming alongside USS Saugatuck (AO 75)
    Photo courtesy of the Al DeSantis
    Carmen Costa and John Chiquoine
    Harry F. Bauer 227k c. 1953
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1954/1955 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    ex-Harry F. Bauer (MMD 26)
    Harry F. Bauer 458k c. May 1974
    Portsmouth, NH
    Ron Reeves

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Richard Claggett Williams, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 193222 September 1944 - 21 December 1945
    02CDR David Nash, USN - USNA Class of 193521 December 1945 - 15 August 1946
    03CDR Harold Frank Crist, USN - USNA Class of 193315 August 1946 - 1 March 1948
    04LT Richard Orion Young, USN - USNA Class of 19331 March 1948 - 9 June 1948
    05CDR Warren Chandler Boles, USN9 June 1948 - June 1949
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Harry F. Bauer (MMD 26)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website

    The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

    UNITED STATES SHIP HARRY F. BAUER

    for service as set forth in the following

    CITATION:

    "For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces as Support Ship on Radar Picket Station and in the Transport Screen during the Okinawa Campaign from March 24 to June 11, 1945. One of the first ships to enter Kerama Retto seven days prior to the invasion, the U.S.S. HARRY F. BAUER operated in waters protected by mines and numerous enemy suicide craft and provided fire support for our minesweeper groups against hostile attacks by air, surface, submarine and shore fire. Constantly vigilant and ready for battle, she furnished cover for our anti-submarine screen, served as an antiaircraft buffer for our Naval Forces off the Okinawa beachhead and, with her own gunfire, downed thirteen Japanese planes and assisted in the destruction of three others. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, she defeated all efforts of enemy Kamikaze and dive-bombing planes to destroyer her. On April 2, she rendered invaluable service by fighting fires and conducting salvage operations on a seriously damaged attack transport. Although herself damaged by a Japanese suicide plane which crashed near her on June 6, she remained on station and escorted another stricken vessel back to port. A seaworthy, fighting ship, complemented by skilled and courageous officers and men, the HARRY F. BAUER achieved a notable record of gallantry in combat, attesting the teamwork of her entire company and enhancing the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

    For the President,

    John L. Sullivan
    Secretary of the Navy


    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Harry F. Bauer (DD-738)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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