Baber, Robert Orville, MoMM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1944, MO-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Melrose, MN
Last Address
1964 Marshall Ave
St Paul, MN

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

The USS Harder (SS-257) began her 6th War Patrol on August 5th, 1944 and formed a "wolfpack" with four other submarines. She sank two merchant ships before her final attack on August 24th. While the Hake escaped sinking, a depth charge attack sunk the Harder with all hands. Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class Baber was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service number: 8696642

Submarine war patrols: USS Harder (SS-257) - 5th and 6th

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding performance and distinguished service during her War Patrols in enemy-controlled waters. Resolute and daring in combat, the USS Harder has operated dangerously. Striking wherever the enemy could be found, she sank or damaged many thousands of tons of hostile shipping. The officers and men of the Harder have achieved a brilliant record of gallantry 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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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Harder (SS-257)
  1944-1944, MO-0000, Submarine Division 121 Relief Crew
  1944-1944, MO-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 23, 1942, WWII draft card
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to MoMM2
  Jan 25, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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