Baer, Frank Leroy, RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1942, RM-0000, USS Laffey (DD-459)
Service Years
1939 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waynesboro, PA
Last Address
3006 Cottage St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Dixie (AD-14)
  1939-1941, RM-0000, USS Clark (DD-361)
  1941-1941, RM-0000, USS Cummings (DD-365)
  1941-1942, RM-0000, USS Medusa (AR-1)
  1942-1942, RM-0000, USS Clark (DD-361)
  1942-1942, RM-0000, USS Dixie (AD-14)
  1942-1942, RM-0000, USS Laffey (DD-459)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 12, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Sep 26, 2019, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity

On 13 November, 1942, USS Laffey (DD-459) was placed in the van of a column of eight destroyers and five cruisers. Early in the midwatch, the radar operator reported contact with the enemy. The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal was just about to begin when the Japanese force, a group of two battleships, one light cruiser, and 14 destroyers appeared on the horizon. Laffey lashed out at the enemy with gunfire and torpedoes. Laffey unleashed her torpedoes and, using all her firepower, raked the battleship’s bridge. With a battleship on her stern, a second on her port beam, and two destroyers on her port bow, Laffey fought the Japanese ships with the three remaining main battery guns in a no-quarter duel at point-blank range. She was hit by a 14-inch shell from the Japanese ship Hiei. Then, a torpedo in her fantail put Laffey out of action. As the order to abandon ship was passed, a violent explosion ripped the destroyer apart and she sank immediately with heavy loss of life. This action earned her the Presidential Unit Citation. Of the 247 crew members aboard, 59 were killed and the wounded in the engagement numbered 116.

RM2 Baer was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2436359

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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