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USS Bauer (DE 1025)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - K - U - K
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Wolf Skin"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star

"Navica Fortiter, Navica Audacitor"
(Voyage Bravely, Voyage Boldly)
Class: Courtney
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Bauer (DE 1025) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 December 1955: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corp., Alameda, Cal.
  • 04 June 1957: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Harold W. Bauer, widow of the late Lt. Col. Bauer
  • 21 November 1957: Commissioned, Lcdr. Lawrence D. Cummins in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 3 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 August 1968: Assigned to NRF, 11th Naval District at San Diego as a unit of ResDesRon 27
  • 26 August 1973: Replaced as NRF training ship at San Diego by USS John R. Craig (DD 885)
  • 03 December 1973: Decommissioned at San Diego after 16 years and ⅓ of a month's service, struck from the NVR
  • 22 August 1974: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    210k Harold William Bauer was born on 20 November 1908 in Woodruff, Kansas and grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926 and was appointed a Marine second lieutenant upon graduation in 1930. Following his commissioning, 2ndLt Bauer attended the Officers Basic School at Quantico, Va. He was then assigned as a company officer with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at Quantico.

    In 1932 he became assít basketball and lacrosse coach at the Naval Academy and an instructor in marksmanship, until his assignment to the San Diego Naval Base where he was the Assistant Range Officer. He was promoted to first lieutenant on 29 May 1934. He was then assigned to NAS Pensacola FL where he earned his wings as a Marine aviator in February 1936. He was promoted to captain on 30 June 1937 and served with several squadrons at Quantico including Marine Scouting Squadron One (VMS-1) and marine Fighting Squadron One (VMF-1). Bauer was then transferred to NAS San Diego, Cal. in June 1940 where he served as XO of VMF-221. The attack on Pearl harbor found Bauer and VMF-221 preparing to embark aboard Saratoga (CV 3) for transport to Hawaii.

    Bauer and VMF-221 were transported to Hawaii and were slated to reinforce Wake Island, but were diverted to Midway after Wake fell. Transferred to Hawaii in February 1942, Bauer took command of VMF-211 stationed at Ewa and on 01 March 1942 commissioned and took command of VMF-212. Promoted to Major on 29 April 1942, Bauer and VMF-212 were deployed to the South Pacific and were stationed at New Caledonia, and later Efate. Although still the CO of VMF-212, Bauer was responsible for the operation of the airfield they operated from and was to select possible sites for additional airfields in the South Pacific. Bauer's promotion to LtCol, after only three months as a Major was effective 07 August.

    On 28 September 1942, Lt.Col. Bauer performed the first feat cited for the Medal of Honor. His squadron was attacked by a superior force of Japanese planes. He engaged the enemy and shot down a bomber. Again attacking a superior force on 03 October, he shot down four of them and left a fifth badly damaged. While leading a reinforcement flight on 16 October to Guadalcanal, Bauer was about to land at Henderson Field when he noticed a squadron of Japanese planes attacking USS McFarland off shore. Though the long flight had almost exhausted his fuel and he knew no friendly planes were able to assist him, he proceeded alone to attack the enemy and destroyed four of them before lack of fuel forced him back to Henderson Field. On 14 November, he was forced to ditch his plane over water after downing two enemies in an attack 100 miles off Guadalcanal. He was last seen in the water in his Mae West and did not appear to be hurt. Days of intense searching by planes and Russell Island natives failed to locate any further trace of him.

    USS Bauer (DE 1025) (1957-1973) was the first ship named in his honor.      (U.S. Marine Corps Photos)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bauer 127k 04 June 1957: San Francisco, Cal. - Press photo of the future USS Bauer entering the water for the first time after her christening and launch." S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    Bauer 100k 19 November 1957: San Francisco, Cal. - A United Press telephoto, the caption reads; "USS Bauer, the first destroyer escort built in Bay area by private shipbuilder (Bethlehem Pacific Steel Shipyard) since World War II, moors at Naval Shipyard here, awaiting her commissioning ceremonies 11/21. The Bauer, launched here in June, will join Destroyer Escort Squadron Three, based in San Diego, after her commissioning." Ron Reeves
    Oaklyn, N.J.
    Bauer 129k undated, souvenir photo David G. Schulz
    EM3 (9/57 - 6/60)
    Bauer 122k 1957, San Francisco Bay

    Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Bauer 225k circa 1958, location unknown

    (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Bauer 178k undated: the Pacific Ocean - USS Bauer (DE 1025) photographed as she departs San Diego bound for the Pacific. This shot looks like a ship portrait from Marine Photos. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bauer 146k 1964: Hong Kong - Taken as Bauer came alongside USS Richard B. Anderson. Bauer relieved Anderson as Station Ship Hong Kong shortly thereafter. Dan Kalbach
    YN3, USNR
    USS R.B. Anderson (DD 786)
    Bauer 359k 04 May 1964: the Pacific Ocean - USS Bauer (DE 1025) photographed in the mid-1960s, after she was fitted with a helicopter deck.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH91919 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bauer 505k 13 January 1968: the Pacific Ocean - The escort ship USS Bauer (DE 1025) underway off the coast of San Diego, California.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #K-44752 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Bauer 245k December 1969: the Pacific Ocean - Three views of USS Bauer (DE 1025) underway in the Pacific.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #K-80173, #K-80174, and #K-80172 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bauer Memorabilia
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    Bauer History
    View the USS Bauer (DE 1025) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Bauer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  21 Nov 1957 - .. Jul. 1959 Lcdr. Lawrence Delworth Cummins (USNA '44) (Webster Groves, Mo.)
    2.)  .. Jul. 1959 -18 Dec. 1960 Lcdr. Isaac Nelson Franklin
    3.)  18 Dec. 1960 - .. Jun. 1962 Lcdr. William Haley Rogers (USNA '46) (Wilson, Okla.)
    4.)  .. Jun. 1962 - .. Jun. 1963 Lcdr. Harry Peter Jefferson (USNA '48) (Corpus Christi, Tex.)
    5.)  .. Jun. 1963 - .. Jul. 1965 Cdr. William Henry Rowden (USNA '52) (Wells River, N.H.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    6.)  .. Jul. 1965 - .. Mar. 1967 Lcdr. Charles Gordon Farnham
    7.)  .. Mar. 1967 - .. Apr. 1969 Lcdr. Robert L. Brandenburg (enl. '47 / OCS '57) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    8.)  .. Apr. 1969 - .. Sep. 1971 Lcdr. Gary Robert Susag (USNA '59) (Alexandria, Minn.)
    9.)  .. Sep. 1971 - .. Aug. 1972 Lcdr. Harris Sperling (USNA '60) (Newport, R.I.)
    10.) .. Aug. 1972 - 03 Dec. 1973Lcdr. John Michael Rodgers (OCS '61) (Akron, Oh.)

    Crew Contact And Last Known Reunion Information

    2013 at San Diego, Cal. in conjunction with
    Escort Squadron (CortRon) 3 Association
    Association Contact Name: Stan Virden
    Phone: (H) 251-967-4287 or (C) 251-209-1984
    E-mail: Stan Virden

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Bauer
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