From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Born in Woodruff, Kans., 20 November 1908, Harold William Bauer graduated from the Academy in 1930; was appointed Second Lieutenant, USMC; and designated a Naval Aviator in February 1936. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific between 10 May and 14 November 1942. Lieutenant Colonel Bauer was missing in action 14 November 1942 and officially declared dead 8 January 1946.

(DE-1025: dp. 1280; l. 314'6"; b. 36'9"; dr. 20'; s. 25 k.; cpl. 170; cl. Dealey)

Bauer (DE-1025) was launched 4 June 1957 by Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corp., San Francisco, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. H. W. Bauer, widow of Lieutenant Colonel Bauer; and commissioned 21 November 1957, Lieutenant Commander L. D. Cummins in command.