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USS Paul G. Baker (DE 642)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - P - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Paul G. Baker (DE 642) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 September 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 12 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine E. Baker, wife of Lieutenant (jg) Baker
  • 25 May 1944: Commissioned by Captain Leo Sahm, USN (ret.) representing Com12thND, Lcdr. W. Gordon Cornell, USNR, in command
  • 03 February 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 8⅓ months of service; having steamed 96,287 miles, she was credited with the destruction of two Japanese bombers
  • 02 April 1947: Inactivated at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1969: Struck from the NVR
  • October 1970: Sold for scrapping
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    Paul G. Baker 577k 03 June 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - Paul G. Baker in two post-commissioning photos from Bethlehem Steel's San Francisco shipyard. From 01 to 17 June 1944, Baker was assigned to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Operational Training Unit (TF 14) in San Francisco Bay for fitting out, conducting trials, and equipment calibration. On 18 June she departed the San Francisco area for San Diego to conduct shakedown training.

    (U.S. Navy photos from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Paul G. Baker 625k
    Paul G. Baker 119k 03 June 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - The port side view of USS Paul G. Baker in the photo above colorized by Yu Chu to show the gradients in color. She's wearing Camouflage Pattern 31/22D. Chin Yu Chu
    Brunei Darussalam
    South East Asia
    Paul G. Baker 623k date / location unknown: USS Wichita (CA 45) in background.

    (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives)
    Bob "Von" Liebman
    Major, USAF (Ret)

    Paul G. Baker History
    View the USS Paul G. Baker (DE 642) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Paul G. Baker's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 May 1944 09 Jan. 1945Lcdr. Wallace Gordon Cornell (Comm. CO) (Staten Island, N.Y.)
    2.) 09 Jan. 1945 15 Dec. 1945Lcdr. E. C. Patterson Jr., USNR
    3.) 15 Dec. 1945 26 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Oliver Scott Dwire, USNR (USNA 41) (Oxnard, Cal.)
    4.) 26 Jun. 1946 02 Mar. 1947Lcdr. Lawrence Stephen (Snuffy) Lockett Jr. (USNA 40) (Denver, Colo.) (Decomm. CO)

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