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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BUMPER

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. September 21 1944.
Launched June 17 1945 and commissioned July 31 1945.
Decommissioned December 22 1952.
Reclassified DDR-713 April 9 1953.
Recommissioned August 29 1953.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1960.
Reclassified DD-713 January 1 1969.
Decommissioned January 20 1970.
Stricken February 1 1974.
To Iran January 13 1975.
Fate Cannibalized for spare parts.

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Bailey 31kKenneth Dillon Bailey, born 21 October 1910 in Pawnee, Okla., was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps 10 July 1935. Assigned to various sea and shore billets before the outbreak of World War II, he served with the Marine detachment on board Pennsylvania, (BB-38) from 2 June 1938 to 14 July 1940. Transferred 30 April 1942 to field duty in the Pacific with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, he was promoted to Major 18 May. During the invasion of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 August, he led a successful assault against an enemy machine gun nest. Although seriously wounded, he directed the action of his company until forcibly evacuated. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity," Major Bailey was awarded the Silver Star. As commanding officer of Company C, 1st Raider Battalion, he led his men in repulsing a Japanese attack, which had penetrated American lines during the Battle of Bloody Ridge, Guadalcanal, 12 to 14 September. Despite a severe head wound, he directed his men for more than 10 hours of fierce hand-to-hand fighting. "His great personal valor while exposed to constant and merciless enemy fire, and his indomitable fighting spirit inspired his troops to heights of heroic endeavor which enabled them to repulse the enemy and hold Henderson Field." Killed 26 September while heading his men in an attack on the enemy at the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, Major Bailey was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Presidential Unit Citation.Bill Gonyo
USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713)
Bailey 348kUndated, location unknown, probably at the end of World War II.Dave Wright)
Bailey 101kUndated, location unknown. As a DDR.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 25kUndated, location unknown.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 68kUndated, location unknown.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 92kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bailey 106kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bailey 62kLaunching photo of 17 June 1945 at Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, NJ.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 134kCommissioning photo of 31 July 1945. CDR Gilbert H. Richards, Jr., USN, Bailey's first commanding officer, is shown reading his orders.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 639kCirca 1952, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Bailey 65kAt Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1951. Photo by A. den Haan, Rotterdam, from estate of CAPT Carl M. Dughi (SC) USN.Steve Martin, HS1 USCG (Ret)
Bailey 22kRecommissioning at Boston Naval Shipyard on 29 August 1953Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 86k1954 Med Cruise picture (Greece) showing the Bailey (DDR-713) alongside the USS Goodrich (DDR-831), USS Newman K. Perry (DDR-883) & USS Turner (DDR-834).Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 115kUSS Gherardi (DMS-30), USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Benner (DD-807) and USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) in Algiers May 20, 1954.Larry Bohn
Bailey 118kPre-FRAM II shot of the KDB refueling at sea. I believe this photo would have been taken during the middle 50's because of the DESRON 8 insignia. In the last 50's we were part of DESRON 14.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 424kColored photo of Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), circa mid-1950s. The sailor in the inset is BT2 Robert Eugene Briner (1934-1962) of Bearcreek, Montana. Briner served aboard Bailey in 1956-58.Jim Arner
Bailey 56k1958 Med Cruise photo (Monaco).Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 108kKDB alongide the Goodrich (DDR-831) & Turner (DDR-834). The USS Essex (CV-9) is in the background. This picture was taken shortly after we switched homeport from Newport to Mayport on 16 June 1959.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 117kBAILEY pulling into Mayport sometime in 1959.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 30kThe next seven photos display the aftermath of the collision in 1959 with USNS Haiti Victory (T-AK-238) during which the Bailey suffered the loss of one shipmate.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 14kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 33kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 40kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 39kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 27kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 42kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 52kAs above.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 16kA shot I took with my trusty polaroid camera purchased in ship's store. This shot was taken as I stepped out onto the deck as a wave was coming to say "hello". I believe this shot was taken sometime in 1960.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 103kPort side shot of the Bailey in Mayport. Note the canvas top on the fantail. We didn't have air conditioning until we went through FRAM-II. At least we were provided with some shade.Ernie Pina, NCC, USN (Ret)
Bailey 99kLocation unknown, circa 1962.Marc Piché
Bailey 187kAlongside USS Antietam during the Mercury recovery of John Glenn.Ron Reeves
Bailey 132kUSS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in the Mediterranean, August 1962.Roy Williams
Bailey 95kUSS Kenneth D. Bailey (DDR-713), underway circa 1964, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy, Official from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Adams 26kIn the Mediterranean during 1965, coming alongside the USS Chikaskia for refueling. From the collections of RADM Edward L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon as compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.LCDR Al Gordon USN (Ret.)
Bailey 146kStarboard quarter view of the USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DDR-713) circa 1967 at an unknown location. At this time the ship is still classified as a long range warning picket destroyer (DDR), as evidenced by her extensive electronic array. The Kenneth D. Bailey received a FRAM II conversion in early 1960. The FRAM II conversion extended ship life five years with the installation of DASH helo equipment, Mark 32 torpedo tubes and variable depth sonar (VDS). All three 5"/38 mounts were retained. A & J Pavia; 1967-68 Jane’s Fighting Ships.Mike Green/Robert Hurst
Bailey 109kUSS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) underway in 1968, location unknown. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
Bailey 27kGrand Harbour, Valetta, Malta May 1968Larry Hawk
Bailey 170kUSS Zellars (DD-777) and the USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) in Genoa, Italy on June 29 1968.Carlo Martinelli
Bailey 171kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Bailey 46kShip's patch.Dave Hoyt
Bailey 41kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bailey 124kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bailey 96kShip's Penguin Lighter.Tommy Trampp

USS KENNETH D. BAILEY DD-713 / DDR-713 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Gilbert Havan Richards Jr.    Jul 31 1945 - Aug 12 1946

LT Leonard Eugene Field    Aug 12 1946 - Aug 31 1946

CDR George Franklin Pittard    Aug 31 1946 - Jun 14 1947 (Later RADM)

CDR Raymond Webb Thompson Jr.    Jun 14 1947 - Aug 23 1949

CDR Edward Farwell Dissette    Aug 23 1949 - Jul 28 1950

CDR Victor Bernard Graff    Jul 28 1950 - May 30 1951

CDR Noell Aaron Burkey Jr.    May 30 1950- Dec 22 1952

(Decommissioned Dec 22 1952 - Aug 29 1953)

CDR Walter Donald Gaddis    Aug 29 1953 - Nov 2 1955 (Later VADM)

CDR Donald Arthur Regan    Nov 2 1955 - Jul 3 1957

CDR Joseph Warren Philippbar Jr.    Jul 3 1957 - Sep 14 1959

CDR John Augustine Wiegard    Sep 14 1959 - Nov 18 1961

CDR James Wellington Gills    Nov 18 1961 - Jan 10 1963

CDR Lucius Esek Steere III    Jan 10 1963 - Aug 17 1964

CDR Robert Martin Collins     Aug 17 1964 - Feb 26 1966 (Later RADM)

CDR Herman Ernest Fritzke Jr.    Feb 26 1966 - Sep 20 1967

CDR David McLeod Greathouse    Sep 20 1967 - Jan 1969

CDR Harold Michael Joseph (Hal) Lewis Jr.    Jan 1969 - Apr 2 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ernie Pina
Address: 28 Thomas Leighton Blvd., Cumberland, RI 02864-2220
Phone: 401) 333-1964
Next Reunion: Pensacola, FL from 3-6 May 2018.

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Kenneth D. Bailey website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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