Baehr, Herbert Albert, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Flier (SS-250)
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago, IL
Last Address
Flint, MI

Casualty Date
Aug 13, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS Flier (SS-250) was on her second war patrol when she was rocked by a great explosion while traveling through the Balabac Strait. She sank in one minute and all but 13 officers and men were lost with the boat. Lieutenant Junior Grade Baehr was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 19 January 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service numbers: Enlisted - 3282643   Officer - 294629

The majority of sources list LTjg Baehr as an Ensign; however, the Navy and Marine Corps Register shows that he was promoted to the temporary rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade on 9/1/1944. This promotion would have occurred after the USS Flier was lost but before Herbert Baehr was declared dead. Because there are no records available stating he was ever placed back at the lower rank, the information in this profile reflects that last temporary promotion.

Submarines war patrols:
USS S-28 (SS-133) - 1st through 4th
USS S-23 (SS-128) - 5th and 6th
USS Flier (SS-250) - 1st and 2nd

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Division: U.S.S. Flier (SS-250)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Ensign Herbert A. Baehr (NSN: 0-294629), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession as Plotting Officer of the U.S.S. FLIER (SS-250), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters from 21 May 1944 to 5 July 1944. Ensign Baehr provided accurate and timely information on numerous occasions which greatly contributed to the ability of his vessel in four attacks to destroy four enemy vessels and damage two more. Prior to this patrol his heroic and meritorious service on the exposed deck of his ship in heavy seas contributed greatly to her salvage and ultimate return to meet the enemy. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
USS Permit (SS-178)School Assignments - StaffUSS S-28 (SS-133) US Navy
USS Flier (SS-250)
  1939-1939, EM-0000, USS Permit (SS-178)
  1939-1939, EM-0000, Gyro Compass Maintenance and Repair
  1939-1943, EM-0000, USS S-28 (SS-133)
  1943-1943, USS S-23 (SS-128)
  1943-1944, USS Flier (SS-250)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 16, 1941, Promoted to CEM
  Jul 05, 1943, Temporary promotion to ENS
  Sep 01, 1944, Temporary promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade1
  Apr 09, 1945, WWII Jewish Serviceman Card1
  Aug 13, 2018, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
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