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Kenneth D. Bailey DD- 713
Kenneth D. Baily I
(DD-713: dp. 2,425; 1. 390'6"; b. 41'1"; dr. 18'6"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 3s36; a. 6 5", 16 40 mm., 20 20mm., 5 21" tt.6 dcp., 2 dct.; cl. Gearing)
Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) was launched 17 June 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Elizabeth Speissegger Bailey, widow of Major Bailey, and commissioned 31 July 1945, Comdr. G. H. Richards, Jr., in command.
After shakedown in the Caribbean, Kerneth D. Bailep operated in the Atlantic from the New England coast to the Caribbean. Working out of Newport, R.I., and Norfolk, Va.. she served as plane guard during the qualification of pilots in carrier operatiOns and trained men for the crews of new destroyers. From 13 February to 26 March 1947 she cruised along the eastern coast of South America and returned to Norfolk 31 March.
On 10 November Kenneth D. Bailey departed Norfolk on the first of many Mediterraneah cruises during the Cold War. While deployed with the mighty 6th Fleet, she has strengthened American naval power during its constant vigil to maintain peace, preserve freedom, contain Communist expansion, and keep the Middle East facing west. From 13 December to 5 January 1948, she patrolled the coast of Greece to insure Greek independence despite Communist aggression. While operating in the Mediterranean from 13 January to 12 May 1949, she supported the still unsettled truce in Israel and helped to maintain peace between Italy and Yugoslavia during their struggle for Trieste. Again, from 3 September 1951 to 4 February 1952, she ranged the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey to maintain the freedom of the nations which rim that ancient sea.
When not deployed with the 6th Fleet, Kenneth D. Bailey joined operations that carried her from the Caribbean and the reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the shores of Northern and Western Europe. Undertaking a variety of duties, she trained naval reservists, served as plane guard and screen during carrier operations, and participated in cold weather exercises north of the Arctic Circle. On 2 December 1952 she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for modernization and conversion to a radar picket destroyer and decommissioned on the 22d.
Redesignated DDR-713, Kenneth D. Bailey recommissioned 29 August 1953, Comdr W. D. Gaddis in command. Based at Newport, she operated along the East Coast, then deployed with the 6th Fleet 19 May 1954. Before returning to Newport 28 September, she participated in joint NATO operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. She again deployed to the Mediterranean from 5 November 1955 to 17 March 1956, and in February 1956 she patrolled the Red Sea along Israeli and Egyptian coasts to express U.S. concern over the mounting Suez crisis. In April 1957 she cruised the eastern Mediterranean in support of King IIussein's pro-Western Jordanian government, then threatened by Communist subversion. And while on her next deployment (2 September 1958-28 March 1959), she supported U.S. operations in Lebanon, begun in July 1958 at the request of Lebanese President Chamoun, who feared a Communist coup.
Kenneth D. Bailely shifted her homeport from Newport to Mayport, Fla., 16 June 1959. After completing de. stroyer operations in the Atlantic, she entered Charleston Navy Yard 26 January 1960 for a 9-month FRAM II overhaul that equipped her with new radar, sonar, and communication facilities. She returned to Mayport 27 October well prepared to help maintain American security on the seas. She sailed 14 November for waters off Guatemala and Nicaragua to establish barrier patrols to prevent the landing of Cuban supplies and armed forces during small-scale revolts in those Central American nations. She continued this important duty until 4 December, then returned to Mayport 18 December to prepare for further service in the Mediterranean.
Departing Mayport 9 February 1961, Kenneth D. Bailey arrived Gibraltar 18 February to commence 6 months of Fleet and NATO operations that carried her from the coast of France to the shores of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. Sinee that time, she has deployed to the Mediterranean four times within 4 years to support the flleet's peace-keeping mission. Returning from her latest deployment 26 October 1966, this versatile destroyer remained off Mayport, Fla., until 12 April 1967 when she arrived at Charleston, S.C., for overhaul, where she remains into the fall of 1967.
USS Kenneth D. Bailey
USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713/DDR-713) was a Gearing-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II. She was named for Kenneth D. Bailey. The name Kenneth D. Bailey was originally assigned to the destroyer escort USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DE-552) on 30 November 1943 DE-552 was cancelled on 10 June 1944, and the name was reassigned to DD-713 on 8 July 1944.
Kenneth D. Bailey was launched on 17 June 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey sponsored by Elizabeth Speissegger Bailey, widow of Major Bailey and commissioned on 31 July 1945, Commander G. H. Richards, Jr., in command.
KENNETH D BAILEY DD 713
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
- Gearing Class Destroyer
Keel Laid September 21 1944 - Launched June 17 1945
Struck from Naval Register February 1 1974
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The following is a brief history of USS KENNETH D. BAILEY’s 25 year life and record of her service as a ship-of-the-line in the United States Navy.
The name KENNETH D. BAILEY was first assigned to DE-552 on 30 November 1943 as a John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort. Plans called for her to be built at the Boston Navy Yard at Boston. MA. Construction was cancelled on 10 June 1944 and the name was reassigned to DD-713 on 8 July 1944 for a contract price of $6,100,000.
The keel was laid on 21 September 1944 and launched 17 June 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, NJ, sponsored by Elizabeth Speissegger Bailey, widow of Major Bailey, and commissioned 31 July 1945, Commander Gilbert H. Richards, Jr., in command.
At 1200, officers and crew assembled aft for the Commissioning Ceremony. Commander H.F. Sasse, USN, Assistant Captain of the Yard acting for Captain of the Yard, representative of the Commandant, Third Naval District, read his orders directing him to place the ship in commission in the U.S. Naval Service. The USS KENNETH
D. BAILEY was accepted for use in the Naval Service by Rear
Admiral Freeland Allyn Daubin, USN, Commandant.
Photo below shows ship as delivered with only enough fuel to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 40mm gun directors aft of No. 2 stack and opposite of the aft end of the whaleboat are still not fitted.
“To the Colors” was sounded, the National Ensign, Union Jack and Commission Pennant were hoisted and the ship was placed in commission and delivered to the Commanding Officer, Commander Gilbert H. Richards, Jr. USN.
Commander Richards (above) reads his orders directing him to assume command and to accept the ship. The Commanding Officer ordered the Executive Officer to set the watch, start the ship’s time and start the ship’s log.
Lieutenant Leonard E. Field, USN, assumed the duties as OOD.
BAILEY conducted a shakedown cruise at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from August 1945 through September 1945.
Post shakedown availability was in the New York Navy Yard from 3 October to 18 November. Refresher training commenced at Casco Bay, Maine on 20 November.
The ship participated in eight Fleet maneuvers in the spring of 1946.
On 12 August 1946, Lieutenant L. E. Field temporarily took command before being relieved by Commander George Franklin Pittard, USN, on 31 August
Commander Pittard was a survivor aboard the USS ARIZONA when he was a Lieutenant,
and later served as Commanding Officer of the USS SAN DIEGO (CL-53) before retiring as a Rear Admiral.
In March 1947 she made various ports of call in South America, the major one being Montevideo, Uruguay, for the Presidential Inauguration.
Commander Raymond Webb Thompson, Jr., USN, (shown below)
was in command (relieving CDR PITTARD) from 14 June 1947 to 23 August
During the period from November 1947 to March 1948, BAILEY served with the U.S. Naval Forces Mediterranean. She departed Norfolk, Virginia on 10 November and along the way
made the following stops.
Gibralta from 11/20
to 11/24 Bone, Algeria from
11/26 to 11/29 Marsaxlokk, Malta
from 12-01 to 12/05 Valletta from 12/05
to 12/08 Naples on 12-09 Genoa from 12/10 to 12/13 Naples from 12/14 to 12/15 Argostolion, Greece
from 12-17 to 12/19 Nauplia, Greece from
12/20- to 12/22 Piraeus (Athens) Greece from
12/22 to 01/02/48 Leros Dodeconese, Greece
from 01/03 to 01/05 Augusta,
Sicily from 01/07 to 01/12 Marsaxlokk, Malta from 01/17 to 01/20 Brindisi, Italy from
01.22 to 01/24 Bari, Italy from 01/24 to
01/28 Taranto, Italy from
01/29 to 02/09 Naples from 02/11 to 02/17 Sousse, Tunisia from
02/19 to 02/24 Gibralta from 02/27 to 03/02 Arriving back to Norfolk on 3/11/48
After her return from the Mediterranean, she made three Naval Reserve Cruises to the Caribbean. In June 1948 BAILEY was one of the Navy’s representatives at the Poughkeepsie Regatta. Also in June 1948, BAILEY had her overhaul at the Boston Naval Shipyard followed by refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
After the holiday leave period, she sailed for the Med departing Norfolk on January 4th. 1949 and made the following stops along the way.
Gibralta from 01/13 to 01/17 Agusta, Italy from 01/21 to 02/01 Naples from 02/05 to 02/09 Golfe Juan, France from 02/11 to 02/15 Taranto, Italy from 02/19 to 02/27 Alexandretta, Turkey from 03/05 to 03/07 Athens from 03/11 to 03/21 Argostolion from 03/26 to 03/28
The above picture was taken in Brindisi, Italy (March 31-April 4).
Trieste, Italy from 04/04 to 04/16 Venice from 04/16 to 04/22 Golfe Juan, France from 04/26 to 05/03 Oran, Algeria from 05/09 to 05/12 Gibralta from 05/14 to 05/15 Arriving back to Norfolk on 05/24/49
During the summer she made four Naval Reserve Cruises – one to Gloucester, Mass, one to Nova Scotia, and two to New York.
On August 23, 1949, Commander E. F. Disette, USN, assumed command, a position he held until July 28, 1950, when he was relieved by Commander Victor B. Graff, USN (shown above).
Commander Graff was born November 21, 1914 in Hartford, Connecticut, but raised in Southern California. After graduating from George Washington High School in Los Angeles in 1931, he spent the next year attending UCLA before joining the Navy. After two tears of enlisted service where he served aboard the USS TEXAS (BB-35) as a
deckhand and 16″ powder loader, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the Class of 1938.
His first assignment after graduation was
aboard the USS
OKLAHOMA (BB-37), which was
followed by serving aboard several destroyers. During WWII and the
Korean War, he held six commands.
the USS DALLAS (DD-199) as
Assistant Engineer, USS AULICK (DD-258) as
Executive Officer, USS MEADE (DD-602) as
Executive Officer, USS SHAW (DD-373) as
Commanding Officer, USS
MCGOWAN (DD-678) as
Commanding Officer, USS KCKEE (DD-575) as
Commanding Officer, and USS FARENHOLT (DD-491) as
Commanding Officer. After leaving the BAILEY in 1951, he went on to command the USS
MONTROSE (APA-212) and USS ZELIMA (AF-49). He also served as an Instructor at the Naval Academy Vessel Operations
Officer, COMMSTSPAC Planning Officer for the installation of the DEW
Early Warning) across the Canadian Northwest Territory and Planning and Readiness
Officer, COMWESTSEAFRON and PACRESFLT. During this period he also completed a course in Industrial Management
of the National Economy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. While as an
Instructor at the Naval Academy, he authored a textbook on Engineering Materials published by the Naval
Institute and for which he was listed in the publication “Who’s Who in the East”. After 26 years of naval service, Captain Graff retired in July
1958. Captain Graff’s decorations include the Command-at-Sea Insignia, the
Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with “V”, a Commendation Ribbon, plus 14 Campaign
Ribbons. He was immediately employed as an instructor in the Engineering
Department of City College
of San Francisco, a position he held for ten years. He was
then selected to be the
first Director, Facilities Planning, for the newly formed San Francisco Community
College District, a position he held for 12 years before retiring again. Since his second retirement, he became quite active in community
service, serving on the City of Milbrae Planning Commission since 1982 and on the San Mateo
County Community Development Committee for 12 years, having chaired both for several years. He had gone on to serve even further in the community, (which are too much to mention) and was frequently referred to as “Mr. Millbrae”. He passed away on January 11, 2007. In November BAILEY participated in the Second
Task Fleet Cold
Weather Exercises, crossing the Arctic
Circle on 12 November 1949.
Following the Christmas leave and holiday
the ship made a Naval Reserve Cruise to
In January 1950, BAILEY participated in
PORTREX and the
CARIBBEAN EXERCISES during February and March
as a unit of the Striking and
Covering Force. The ship next
in a Naval Reserve Cruise to New York in April
and then visited Bar Harbor on Armed Forces
Day in May.
KENNETH D. BAILEY again entered the Boston
Naval Shipyard in July of 1950
and remained there for the summer. After
a brief pre-refresher period she reported to
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for refresher
Upon competion of refresher training,
she returned to Newport, RI for Type-Commander
and Atlantic Fleet Training Exercises.
In May 1951 the ship made a Northern Europe
midshipman cruise, visiting Edinburgh
and Rotterdam (photo below) with CDR Noel
A. Burkey, Jr., USN, in command.
In September 1951 BAILEY sailed for the Med
again followed by a Midshipman cruise which
stopped in Lisbon and Antwerp returning to
Newport for Type-Training in February 1952.
Another midshipman cruise with visits
to Lisbon and Antwerp was
made in May 1952.
Upon her return to the continental US, the
ship operated as a plane guard in Pensacola, FL.
Commander Burkey was born in Miles City, MT on 29 May 1918 and graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in May 1940.
In July 1940, he commenced his active duty and was assigned to the USS ASTORIA (CA-34).
There he served as Junior Gunnery Officer and Assistant Navigator.
The ASTORIA participated in the Battle of Coral Sea in May 1942, the Battle of Midway in June 1942, and the occupation of
Guadalcanal in August of 1942. He was officer-of-the-deck when the allied cruiser force came under gunfire attack from Japanese
forces shortly after midnight on August 8, 1942. (See footnote
#17). Later that morning the ASTORIA was sunk.
From August 1942 to March 1943, Commander Burkey was Staff Signal Officer, Commander Transports, South Pacific, where he participated in resupply missions to Guadalcanal before reporting to the USS
as Communications Officer. The RENO operated with Fast Carrier Task Forces covering the occupation of Guam and the Philippines.
It was during this period when Commander Burkey was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” in connection with trying to save the USS PRINCETON after she took a bomb from Japanese aircraft.
In September 1944, the RENO took a torpedo and returned to the United States via Ulithi, Manus and the Panama Canal.
On 15 June 1945, Commander Burkey married the former Olivia Philabert of Birmingham, AL in a ceremony held at the Charleston SC Navy Yard.
He then went on to serve as an Instructor at the Anti-Submarine Warfare School in Miami, FL before reporting to the USS
as Communications Officer. Following his tour aboard the LEYTE, he reported to the U.S. Navy General Line School at Newport, RI as a student and later staff officer.
From June 1950 to May 1951, CDR Burkey served as Executive Officer aboard the USS JOHNSTON (DD-821), before reporting to KENNETH D. BAILEY.
From January 1953 until his retirement, he worked in the
Logistics Section of SACLANT
Noel A. Burkey Center in
Alabama was named
in honor of Captain and Mrs. Burkey.
In Dec 1952 the ship entered the BsnNavYd
for modernization and conversion to a radar
picket destroyer. She was decommissioned
on December 22, 1952 and recommissioned as
DDR-713 on 29 August 1953 with CDR
D. Gaddis, USN in command.
CDR Gaddis was born September 8, 1917, in Worland, WY. He attended the University of Wyoming and entered the Naval
Academy in 1937. After graduation, he was assigned to Pearl Harbor and was aboard the battleship PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38)
on Dec. 7, 1941. During the remainder of the war he served aboard the USS
and the USS WASP (CV-18)
as a gunnery officer.
Before attaining flag rank, other afloat commands included the USS CONE (DD-866)
staff of Commander Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Division 302 as commander USS YOSEMITE (AD-19)
as commanding officer, and Destroyer Squadron EIGHT as commander.
His assignments ashore included the Naval Postgraduate School as a student, naval inspector
of ordnance, Northern Pump Company member
of the Joint Staff with the Office of the JCS
and Assistant Director with Budget and Reports
for the Office of the Comptroller. He was
Director of Programming and Finance with the
Naval Material Command, when he was
promoted to Rear Admiral in 1968. A
few months later, he became Director Budget and
Reports with the Office of the Navy
and in 1970 was assigned to command
Amphibious Group One until 1972, when he
became Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval
Operations Logistics. On April 12, 1973, he
assumed the duties of Deputy Chief
of Naval Operations Logistics and was
promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit with
gold stars, the Bronze Star with Combat V,
the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star
and Combat V, and numerous other awards.
After a period of fitting out and
training, BAILEY departed for shakedown training
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in October 1953.
During this period visits to Kingston, Jamaica
and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, were made.
Having returned to New Bedford, Massachusetts
for a three-week holiday period in December,
she finished shakedown training in
February 1954 and entered the BsnNavYd for
a post-shakedown availability. “OUR SHAKEDOWN’S OVER” By QM2 Ed “Pete” Coghlan [SMCS, USN-RET] – (53-55) We’ve had our stay in Cuba a fact we don’t regret, and we know many others have got to face it yet. We fought the battles bravely a sober and sunburned crew,
Saying, with liberty as payment, there’s not much we won’t do. But there’s a limit to everything the crew at length decided, when the Bailey and an ocean storm out on the sea collided. We knew that our liberty, the storm would sure delay, so everyone’s mind was humming, “storm, please go away”. The good ship Bailey, about the sea was tossed, and soon a few of the lads, had given us up for lost, renewed hope began to show, on Saturday about five, because it was quite apparent, the storm was about to leave. We passed the Nantucket
Lightship and there we changed our course, heading straight for good old Boston, settling everyones remorse. Twas early in the morn, when we dropped the hook, and the lights gleaned from Boston, with that ever inviting look. A few hours of rest, the crew was allowed to take, then underway for Charlestown, kicking up a terrible wake. Well, here we are, all safe and sound, waiting to unload our ammo, all hands round for round. But soon the drudgery’s over, and we can all take a rest, looking forward to Newport, and a lonesome tin-can nest. Upon completion of the yard period, the ship
reported to Newport for. Type-Training and to prepare for distant duty
in the Mediterranean.
BAILEY departed Newport for duty
Fleet on 4 May 1954.
During the four month tour in the Med, the
following ports were visited:
Algiers, Algeria Taranto, Naples and Leghorn,
Toulon, Cannes, Marseille and St. Raphael,
Valencia, Spain Piraeus, Greece and
We are just across the ocean on the BAILEY is the spot, we are all doomed to spend our time on the ship that god forgot.
Out with the waves and sea gulls out where a man gets blue, right in the middle of nowhere three thousand miles from you.
We sweat, we freeze, we shiver, it is more than a man can stand we are just suppose to be convicts trying to defend our land.
We are men of the U.S. Navy earning our measly pay, guarding our country’s millions for a dollar and a half a day.
We are living in our memories and dreaming of our gals, and hoping while we are dreaming they won’t marry our pals.
No one knows that we are living and no one gives a damn, at home we are soon forgotten we belong to Uncle Sam.
The time we spend in the Navy all the times we have missed, proves “don’t let the draft board get you” and for gods sake “don’t enlist”.
But when we pass thru the pearly gates you will hear St. Peter yell, “fall in all you BAILEY boys, you have spend your hitch in hell”.
The photo shown above was taken in Algiers
on 20 May 1954.
Other ships shown are the USS
F. LARSON (DD-830).
Photo above shows KDB alongside USS
NEWMAN K. PERRY (DDR-883), and
TURNER (DDR-834) while in Greece.
While in the Sixth Fleet, the ship
in 0peration KEYSTONE, a major NATO
exercise involving an amphibious landing in
Turkey, and took part in ceremonies
at St. Raphael, commemorating the tenth
of the initial
World War II allied landings in southern
Naval Station Newport showing Piers 1 and 2.
After her return to Newport in September
the BAILEY underwent a tender availability
and then assumed duty as Afloat Engineering
School ship for the
Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet.
The BAILEY was awarded the Destroyer Force,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Battle Efficiency Award
for the fiscal year ending June 1954.
On 2 November 1955, CDR Donald A. Regan,
relieved CDR Walter
D. Gaddis, USN
(speaking), as Commanding Officer.
She again deployed to the
from 5 November 1955 to 17 March 1956
visiting such ports as Naples (where she spent
Christmas and New Year’s),
Florence, Bari, Italy Villefrance/Nice,
and Barcelona, Spain.
In February 1956, BAILEY was ordered
through the Suez Canal
and down the Red Sea along Israeli and
Egyptian coasts to express U.S.
concern over the mounting Suez crises.
Here she called at Port Said, Egypt
Jiddah, Arabia Aden, Yemen and Port Sudan,
During the period June – August 1956,
participated in Midshipman
Cruise ABLE, visiting Oslo, Norway and
In August 1956, she returned once again to
her home port and Captain F. D. Riley, USN,
assumed command of Destroyer Division 82,
USS KENNETH D. BAILEY Flagship.
On 1 December 1956, Destroyer Division 82
Destroyer Division 142
and the BAILEY remained as flagship.
In April 1957 she cruised the eastern
Mediterranean in support of King Hussein’s
pro-Western Jordanian government, then
by Communist subversion.
Highline transfer with the USS IOWA (BB-61).
One such stop during this cruise was made
at Brindisi Italy
Getting ready to go alongside the USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) for
On 3 July 1957, Commander Joseph W.
JR., USN, assumed command
of the USS KENNETH D. BAILEY (DDR-713),
CDR Donald A. Regan, USN.
During the period July – August 1957, the
participated in Midshipman Cruise
CHARLIE. A visit to Quebec, Canada was
made during this cruise.
In October 1957, Commander Harry
McElwain, USN, assumed command of
Destroyer Division 142 with BAILEY remaining
On 17 July 1958, Captain Neal
Algren, USN, assumed command of
Destroyer Division 142, USS KENNETH D. BAILEY
After the regularly assigned overhaul in
BsnNavYd in late 1957, BAILEY commenced the cycle of increasingly intricate operations which culminated in a seven month
tour with the Sixth Fleet from 2 September 1958 to 28 March 1959.
Getting ready to approach the USS CHUKAWAN (AO-100).
The USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) is already
Ports of call were Rhodes, Athens, Naples,
Livorno, Marseilles, Cannes, Monaco, Palma, and
Gibraltar before returning to Newport and
Here she supported U.S. operations in
begun in July 1958 at the request of
Lebanese President Chamoun, who feared a
While on this deployment she was involved
a collision with the USNA
VICTORY on March 4, 1959,
and suffered the loss of one shipmate, in addition to 24 shipmates
receiving minor injuries. The ship was patched up to cross
on one shaft by Gibraltar Dockyard. She then proceeded
to the Boston Naval Shipyard for repairs.
<>KENNETH D. BAILEY shifted her homeport
to Mayport, FL
Tuesday, 16 June 1959 and arriving on Friday, 19 June 1959. The other ships from DesRon
her down south were the
WILLIAM C. LAWE (DDR-763), USS
POWER (DDR-839), and the
JONAS INGRAM (DD-938). The above photo was taken from the USS JONAS INGRAM. It was the first Destroyer
No, the above picture is not that of the
BAILEY line handlers. They were part of the “Welcome to Mayport” folks who appear to be out of uniform. That’s XO, LCDR Jack Butler keeping an eye on things.
Shortly thereafter, Captain Elmore F.
Higgins, Jr., USN, relieved Captain Neal
Almgren, USN as Commander Destroyer Division ONE FOUR TWO
After completing destroyer operations in
Atlantic, she entered Charleston
on 26 January 1960 for a 9-month FRAM II
On 1 March 1960, the BAILEY left Destroyer
Squadron FOURTEEN and joined Destroyer Squadron EIGHT.
CDR John A. Wiegard, USN (above),
relieved CDR Joseph W. Philippbar, JR., USN,
on 14 September 1959.
CDR Wiegard was commissioned an Ensign,
Naval Reserve, on June 16, 1943.
He is a graduate of Loyola College, Baltimore,
During the war he served as Anti-Submarine
Warfare Officer in USS EUNICE
in Atlantic convoys, and in USS
in the Pacific. After the war he was
commissioned in the Regular Navy and Commanded
During the period from 1952 to 1954 he
as Executive Officer in
GEORGE K. MACKENZIE (DD-863).
Prior to becoming Commanding Officer of
the KENNETH D. BAILEY, he served as Assistant
Naval Attache, Ankara, Turkey.
During the above FRAM II overhaul, the
fighting characteristics were modified with the
addition of new radars, sonar and improved
communications which will give long range detection
capability for air, surface and subsurface.
BAILEY is now capable of picket duty for widely
dispersed formations containing heavily armed
cruisers, communications ships, and aircraft carriers.
The familiar silhouette was changed
reflect additional working spaces,
the removal of the 3″ Battery and depth
and the installation of advanced ASW
Torpedos. A complete rejuvenation of
the Engineering Plant occurred.
The end result of FRAM was to lengthen the
life of the ship an additional five years.
She returned to Mayport on 27 October 1960,
well prepared to help maintain American
security on the seas. She sailed 14
November for waters off Guatemala and Nicaragua to
establish barrier patrols to prevent the
of Cuban supplies and armed forces during
small-scale revolts in those Central
American nations. She continued this important
duty until December, then returned to Mayport
on 18 December 1960.
Commander Destroyer Squadron EIGHT hoisted
his flag on BAILEY on 19 December 1960.
After spending the Christmas holidays of
in Mayport, Florida, the BAILEY departed in
January 1961 to participate in Atlantic
Fleet exercises for a ten day period. During these
exercises, the BAILEY encountered some of
weather of her career
but damage was held to a minimum and upon
her return to Mayport, the weather
which had been experienced became the
topic for a great many sea stories.
you click on “roughest weather” hightlighted above? It will give you some idea what it would have been like.
On 18 February 1961, the BAILEY joined the
Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea for a six
month cruise, during which time she played
an active role in two major NATO exercises and
numerous Sixth Fleet exercises. It was
general consensus of opinion the BAILEY and the
Sixth Fleet were ready to perform any task
upon which they may have been called.
While on the Mediterranean cruise, the
established a new record for rigging time
at sea but competition is keen in the Sixth Fleet,
and the record has since been broken.
The “People-to-People” program was carried
out when the officers and men of the BAILEY
attended a church service in Athens in memory
of a deceased Greek-American shipmate
William Nicholas Tselios, USN).
The man’s family and his friends were grateful
the sympathy shown by the crew of the BAILEY.
Among the countries visited while the
was deployed were Italy, France, Lebanon,
Greece and Turkey but after an absence of
six months, the States were a welcome sight.
Following a brief leave and upkeep period,
the BAILEY departed Mayport
for a brief yard period in Charleston, South
On 18 November 1961, CDR James W. Gills,
relieved CDR John A. Wiegard, USN as
In November 1961, with a few hours notice,
the ship with 60% of the crew on board steamed
south for exercises off the coast of the
Republic. During the ten day underway
period, the BAILEY refueled five times,
at night, from both carrier and oiler.
The ship entered Roosevelt Roads at night
and picked up 97 men for transfer
to other ships in the area. The job
was completed without incident.
From the end of the yard period to the
of the year, USS KENNETH D. BAILEY
spent most of her time conducting
Commander James W. Gills, USN, was born in
Graduating from Bluefield College in
Virginia, he received
his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve
on 7 December 1942.
From 1942 until 1946 he was stationed in
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
and at Fleet Training Center, Pearl
In July 1946 while on duty in the
Bureau of Naval Personnel, he transferred
to the Regular Navy.
Since then Commander Gills has again had duty
in the Office of
the Chief Naval Operations and the
Bureau of Naval Personnel,
and on board the cruiser USS
ALLEN M. SUMNER (DD-692)
NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148).
He also attended the Command and Staff
War College, Newport, RI.
Prior to taking command of the KENNETH D.
BAILEY, Commander Gills was Assistant
Director, Fleet Communications Division in
the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
After being relieved as Commanding Officer
of BAILEY on January 10, 1963, Commander Gills served as Fleet Communications Officer on the staff of CINCLANTFLT (02/63 – 04/65). During this tour he was promoted to
Following his promotion Captain Gills
served as Commander Destroyer Division 82 (12/65 – 10/66) and on the staff of the Defense Communications Agency
(12/66 – 11/67). Captain Gills retired on December 1, 1967 after 26 years of active
naval service. Captain Gills currently resides in North Redington Beach, Florida.
In February 1962, BAILEY was part of the
Force on station when
LTCOL John Glenn, USMC, orbited the
Ready and able,
the BAILEY was in the recovery
area for the three orbit shot.
families of the Bailey:
is the second in a recent series of “Family Grams” designed to keep you
informed of the activities of the BAILEY and your relatives on board the ship. Since my last letter your
husbands and sons have been instrumental in completion of “four” competitive traning exercises in Gunnery and
Engineeering. These exercises are important to maintain the condition of readiness required in today’s Navy.
ship is now in what is called a “tender availability” period in which
we are tied alongside the destroyer tender, USS YELLOWSTONE. During this time minor repair work on machinery
and equipment will be performed along with the regular up-keep and preservation of the ship. We are afforded
the facilities of the tender work shops for our work.
4th of June we depart for an Atlantic Fleet Exercise. The
remainder of our schedule shapes up as follows:
06 June – Enroute Norfork
07 June – Embark USNA Midshipmen at Norfork
08 – 15 June – Training Exercise at Sea 16 – 17 June – Inport Mayport
18 – 22 June – Training Exercises as Sea 23 – 24 June – Inport Mayport 25 – 28 June – Exercises at Sea 29 June – 05 July –
Inport Gloucester, Mass.
06 – 12 July – Task Force Operations at Sea
13 July – Disembark Midshipmen at Norfolk – Enroute Mayport
About 15 July – 3 August – Inport Mayport 3 August-February – Mediterranian Cruise
again, I might add, this schedule may change. The destroyer is
one of the most versitile ships in the fleet. When needed, they are always ready. This has been said of
destroyers in the past, and it will be said in the future. Dependability and readiness are the watchwords of the destroyer
force. Only through the efforts of every man on every ship we will maintain the standsrds expressed by those two
words. Your relatives and friends in this ship are maintaining the strength of America. You have every right to be
proud of them.
W. GILLS Commander, U.S. Navy Commanding Officer
You may write to personnel on board the BAILEY as follows:
name, rate and serial number) (Division to which he is assigned) USS KENNETH D. BAILEY (DDR713) Care of Fleet Post Office New York, New York
July 1962 (as
mentioned above) found
BAILEY participating in
1-62 and LANTFLEX 2-62.
During this period the ship visited
Massachusetts over the 4th of July.
BAILEY deployed to the Med for duty with the
Sixth Fleet in August 1962.
Enroute to the Med, the ship took part in
NATO exercise, OPERATION RIPTIDE III,
with our French, English and Portuguese
This was only the first in a series of
NATO and Sixth Fleet exercises in which BAILEY
was to play a part.
Other such NATO exercises included a Greek
amphibious assault, a French anti-air warfare
exercise, and a British air defense
Sixth Fleet exercises were comprised of ASW
training, air defense, refueling, rearming
and gunnery. All were designed to bring
KENNETH D. BAILEY and the Sixth Fleet to peak
The BAILEY was in Golfe Juan, France to
the New Year of 1963.
On 10 January 1963, CDR James W. Gills,
was relieved as Commanding Officer by
CDR Lucius E. Steere, III, USN, while the
was conducting operations in the
Palermo, Sicily Barcelona, Spain and
Italy were the last three stops
in the Sixth Fleet deployment.
Commander Steere was born in Washington, DC
on July 11, 1920, the son of
Lucius E. and Elizabeth R. Steere, Jr., of
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
and reported on board the USS
in August of that year.
Upon completion of this tour in the
gunnery and operations departments, he was
assigned to the Staff of Commander Alaskan
Sea Frontier as Flag Secretary and Personal Aide
to Admiral Freeland A. Danbin and Admiral
A. E. Montgomery.
The Commander completed Submarine School at
New London, Connecticut in 1948 and
reported to the USS
In 1951, he was reassigned to the
U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in Marine
Engineering until 1953
when he reported to the USS
as Executive Officer.
In August 1955, he reported to the Staff of
the Commandant 9th Naval District to serve as
Submarine Naval Reserve Program
Upon graduation from the Armed Forces
Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, CDR Steere
became Executive Officer of the
Before taking Command of the BAILEY, he had duty
with NATO as Assistant Training Officer
(ASW Ships) on the Staff of the
Supreme Allied Commander in Chief Atlantic.
Following his tour aboard the BAILEY, he
reported to COMASWFORLANT, where he participated in war games, tracking Russian submarines
operating in the Atlantic and conducting operational analysis for intelligence purposes.
After retirement he became a math teacher
in Norfolk, VA.
A veteran of World War II, the Commander
the National Defense Medal,
American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal,
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
and the World War II Victory Medal.
On the 2nd of March 1963, the BAILEY
to Mayport, having completed
seven months away from her home port.
The ship was the last of the destroyers to
spend a six month tour with the Sixth Fleet
for a total of seven months away from home port.
The BAILEY spent the Spring months of 1963
in maintenance, upkeep,
and going to sea as Sonar School Ship at Key
Prior to departure for regular shipyard
the ship was given her Insurv Inspection
by officers from the Office of Chief of Naval
Results – BAILEY “Ready for War” in all
In June, the BAILEY left Mayport for a
month overhaul at Charleston Naval Shipyard
in Charleston, South Carolina. The ship
was equipped with a new long range air search radar,
AN/SPS-30, and a variable depth sonar.
The additions improved the ship’s
capabilities in anti-air and anti-submarine
Leaving the yard on 10 September, the
returned to Mayport for three weeks prior
to departure on 1 October for refresher
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The BAILEY’s scheduled arrival in Cuba was
delayed by Hurricane Flora which was dodged
effectively by independent steaming and later
as a part of a “Hurricane evasion force.”
On 7 October, the BAILEY arrived in
and spent the next five weeks in intensive
training in gunnery, ASW, seamanship, damage
control, and engineering exercises.
Each department was thoroughly tested and
received a good basic groundwork in all shipboard
evolutions. The result was a well
team ready to accept any mission in the Fleet.
On departure from Cuba, the BAILEY steamed
to Culebra and there
qualified as a gunfire support ship for the
A weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico followed
and then the ship fired for three days
on the Island of Vicques as part of a Marine
Leaving the Caribbean, the ship stopped in
Key West to act as sonar school ship prior to her
return to Mayport. On the 29th of
the BAILEY returned once more to her
home port having spent two months in refresher
training and operations in the Caribbean area.
The months of December 1963 and January
found the BAILEY in upkeep,
tender availability, and Christmas leave for
members of the crew.
On the 8th of February, BAILEY sailed for
the Med arriving in Istanbul, Turkey with the USS
[COMSIXTHFLT], on 5 March 1964.
Many exciting things were in store.
Gunnery exercises with a French task unit,
recovery of a downed aviator from the USS
ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) who had punched out and
special operations for evaluation of an oil burner as part of a nuclear task
ENTERPRISE, USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9) and
USS BAINBRIDGE (DLGN-25) along with the BAILEY steaming like Knot Burke” went back and forth
from theEastern Med to the Western over night. During off weekends the ship visited Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Italy Corfu, Greece Golfe Juan and St. Raphael, France Catania, Palma
and Barcelona, Spain. The ENTERPRISE
her round the world cruise and the BAILEY rejoined ComDesRon 8 for the trip back to Mayport arriving on 9 August. From 17 August 1964 to 26 February 1966,
Robert M. Collins, USN, was in command.
Commander Collins, born in Strawn, Texas,
his naval career in November, 1942
in the Naval Reserve College Training
Upon graduation from Columbia University
Midshipman School in December, 1944, he was
then commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma
and the Armed Forces Staff College.
His first assignment as Ensign was as ASW
by assignment as Gunnery Officer aboard USS
In the following years
and through the ranks he served as Executive
Officer aboard USS PCE-886,
USS PCEC-873 and USS
and as Commanding Officer
of the USS
WHITFIELD COUNTY (LST-1169,
and USS FOX (CG-33).
He also served with the Mine Warfare
Detachment as Air Laid Mines project
officer Head, Officer Education and Training
Branch, Bureau of Naval Personnel
Chief Staff Officer of Amphibious
Squadron FOUR Operations Officer of River
Flotilla ONE in the Republic of Vietnam Chief
of Staff and Aide to the
Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla THREE
and Chief of Staff and
Aide to the Commander Amphibious Force, U.S.
He was also attached to Headquarters, U.S.
Upon his selection to Rear Admiral, he
as Commander Service Group THREE,
Commander Naval Surface Group, Western
Commander Task Force SEVENTY THREE,
Commander Mobile Logistics Support Force,
U.S. SEVENTH FLEET and as Deputy
Commander, Defense Mapping Agency in
He retired from active duty in July 1979.
Rear Admiral Collins’ decorations include
Silver Star Medals, the Legion of Merit with
Combat “V”, three Bronze Star Medals and
“V”, four Purple Hearts, seven
Air Medals and the Navy Commendation Medal
with Combat “V”.
Also, two Presidential Unit Citations and
Navy Unit Commendations, earned with the
Mobile Riverine Force, the Joint Service
Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon
and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with
Palm. He has also earned many campaign
and service medals, including the
Campaign Medal with seven stars.
Rear Admiral Collins and his wife, the
Joy Dobry of Elk City, Oklahoma,
have lived in San Antonio since their
Beginning 15 Feb 1965, the ship
in LANTFLEX-65 in the Jacksonville Operating
Area for a period of one week. BAILEY
was enroute to the Caribbean on 23 February
to participate in SPRINGBOARD-65 in the Puerto
Rico Operating Area FIREX-65
at Vicques Island and to visit San Juan,
Commencing 15 March 1965, the ship entered
Aerojet General Shipyard, Jacksonville,
for a two-week availability for shaft and
The first two weeks in April the ship
in Type-Training in the Virginia Capes and
Jacksonville Operating Areas. Upon
to Mayport, BAILEY entered
a period of preparation for Mediterranean
On May 17, 1965, the ship sailed for the
and the Sixth Fleet. The first ports
of call were Toulon and Cannes, France.
In this exercise, Dutch and British units operated
with the Sixth Fleet. The ship
visited Barcelona at the end of June.
Above photo taken from the USS CHIKASKIA
during refueling operation
On 1 July 1965 BAILEY became a unit of
Flotilla SIX. From 1 July 1964
through 30 June 1965, she had been a unit
of Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla EIGHT.
In July BAILEY and USS
visited Sestri Levante, Italy,
the first U.S. warships to call there since
World War II.
Following a tender availability in Naples,
the ship visited Genoa where two Belgian exchange
officers embarked for a five-week
Visits to Castellon, Spain Palma, Mallorca
Fiunicino, Italy (a training anchorage) and
Barcelona, Spain were then made.
On 12 Sep 1965 the ship left for the
Sixth Fleet and headed for home,
arriving at Mayport on the 20th. BAILEY
participated in Type-Training in the
Jax Ops Area from 25 October to 10
On 29 November, BAILEY was underway to the
Caribbean for Anti-Submarine Warfare
and Amphibious exercises, and a port visit
to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
She returned to Mayport on 17 December for
the holiday leave period.
BAILEY began the New Year of 1966 in her
port of Mayport, Florida.
After a period of leave and upkeep and a
week tender availability, BAILEY
was underway on 31 January 1966 for a week
of plane guard operations
in the Virginia Capes operating area with
BAILEY was next underway on 21 February
for the Caribbean operating areas
and participation in Operation SPRINGBOARD-66.
On 26 February, with BAILEY at anchor in
beautiful harbor of Charlotte Amalie,
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, CDR Herman
E. Fritzke, Jr., USN, relieved
CDR Robert M. Collins, USN, as Commanding
From Chicago, Commander Fritzke, was
Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, in 1948.
He sailed as a deck officer and was
office of steamship companies on both coasts
prior to entering the Navy. In the Navy his
shore assignments have been as an
with the Military Sea Transportation Service,
North Pacific Sub Area, and as Fleet
and Personnel Plans Officer,
Staff Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific
His sea duty has been as Gunnery Officer, USS
GENERAL W.A. MANN (T-AP-112),
Ops Officer, USS
Ops Officer, USS
Executive Officer, USS
and XO, USS
Prior to reporting to KENNETH D. BAILEY,
Fritzke attended the
Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (degree of Master of
Management conferred), and the U.S. Naval
School, Transportation Management,
Naval Supply Center, Oakland, California.
After two weeks of Type-Training and a port
call at San Juan, Puerto Rico,
BAILEY returned to home port, visiting Miami,
A few days after Easter, on 12 April 1966,
BAILEY was again on the way to the Caribbean
for Operation LEAPFROG
in company with other units of DESDIV 81,
During the following 2 l/2 weeks, training was conducted
and port visits were made to St. Croix, Virgin
Islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Beginning 29 April 1966 BAILEY was back in
Mayport, preparing for an Insurv Inspection
which was held on 9-10 May 1966. On
31 May 1966, the ship commenced its preparation for
deployment to the Mediterranean. The
preparation was interrupted when Mayport units were
required to sortie for evasion of Hurricane
ALMA on 9 and 10 June. All ships in the
Mayport basin were forced to get
on very short notice to
evade the hurricane and avoid damage.
On 15 June 1966, BAILEY sailed for the
for the third time in 1966 and in
preparation for transit and deployment in
the Mediterranean. After a brief visit to
St. Croix on 18-19 June, BAILEY rendezvoused
on 22 June with the
BAILEY entered the Mediterranean and joined
the Sixth Fleet on 1 July 1966,
relieving the USS
at Pollensa Bay, Mallorca.
Nine midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy
at that time for two weeks of observation
and practical training.
The first ports of call was Imperia Bay on
the Italian Riviera and Rapallo, Italy.
After participating with British naval units
in a Sixth Fleet exercise, POKER HAND III,
BAILEY anchored in Taormina Roads,
Sicily for a visit to Giardini and Taormina.
BAILEY acted as a submarine detection picket
and air raid early warning ship
Following a port visit to Palermo, Sicily
early August, BAILEY
participated in an Amphibious Exercise
– PHIBLEX 1-67.
During the latter half of August, visits
made to Taranto and Crotone in Southern Italy,
followed by a brief stop at Argostoli Bay,
Greece, a training anchorage.
While in Palermo, all hands were turned to
for a concentrated upkeep period.
Seven more midshipmen were
on board for six weeks of training.
The weeks between 5 August and 27 August
were spent visiting
Taranto and Crotone, Italy, and participating
in exercises and drills
with other units of the fleet in the
Above photo shows BAILEY pulling alongside
During the first two weeks in September,
was assigned a tender availability
in Valleta, Malta.
After leaving Valletta, BAILEY participated
in Exercise Lafayette 1-67, a joint U.S.,
British, and French exercise in the Western
Above photo shows BAILEY being overshadowed
by the USS BARNEY
(DDG-6) and USS
BAILEY entered Barcelona, Spain on 24
1966 and then Palma, Mallorca in early
October. While in Barcelona, 24 September
to 3 October, the annual administrative
inspection was conducted by Commander,
The last Mediterranean port to be visited
1966 was Palma, Mallorca, 5-11 October.
Transiting the Straits of Gibraltar on 14
BAILEY stopped at Rota, Spain
for turnover to the USS COYNGHAM (DDG-17).
Underway from Rota 16 October
and leaving the Sixth Fleet, BAILEY joined
for the Trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving
in Mayport on 26 October 1966.
On 29 October, BAILEY personnel
in the Change-of-Command for Commander
Destroyer Squadron EIGHT
on board FARRAGUT, as Captain
P. E. Arbo, USN,
relieved Captain W. D. Gaddis, USN.
CAPT Gaddis (shown below), served as CO of
from 29 August 1953 to 2 November 1955,
from active duty in August 1975 as a Vice
The months of November and December 1966
spent in her home port
of Mayport, Florida undergoing important
The beginning of the year 1967 found USS
D. BAILEY (DDR-713),
commanded by CDR Herman E. Fritzke, USN, in
its home port of Mayport, Florida.
After five weeks of leave and upkeep, on 10
February, the ship got underway for the Caribbean
in the company of USS
with COMDESDIV 142 in tactical command.
Joining the SPRINGBOARD exercises on 13
BAILEY began two weeks
of intensive Type-Training in ASW, AAW, and
with other units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
After a port visit to San Juan, P.R. and a
final replenishment exercise,
the ship began her return to Mayport arriving
on 26 February.
After a period of leave and upkeep, she got
underway on 24 March for a second trip to the
Caribbean and SPRINGBOARD. While in
the Caribbean, she represented the U.S. Navy
at the semi-centennial anniversary of the
purchase of the Virgin Islands. On
5 April, COMDESRON EIGHT
an Operational Readiness Inspection of the ship.
From the Caribbean, she returned to Mayport
where a day-and-a-half was spent making last
minute preparations before departing for
SC and a five-month overhaul period.
The ship left Mayport 11 April and began a
pre-overhaul tender availability
in Charleston on 13 April.
On 1 May, KENNETH D. BAILEY began its
at the Charleston Naval Shipyard.
Due to a shortage of Type Commanders funds
a large percentage of the work scheduled to be
accomplished by the shipyard was cancelled,
particularly in the areas
of the main machinery spaces and
Work of major scope undertaken by the
repair of number three boiler which had been
CASREPT for a year
rebricking of numbers three and four
overhaul of the AN/WLR-1A ECM receiving set
overhaul of the Mk 25 fire control radar
and Mk 1A fire control computer
repair of number two ship’s service operator
and routine repairs and preservation of the
ship’s underwater hull, shafts and propellers.
ShipAlts accomplished by the shipyard
in nearly a complete overhaul of the
ship’s underwater sound system. The
AN/SQA-10 transducer was removed from
the ship for a complete overhaul, the
VDS hoist was converted to a completely hydraulic
system, and an additional console was
in UB plot for use with the VDS sonar.
The AN/SQS-29 hull-mounted sonar also
received a Class “B” overhaul.
Other ShipAlts completed by the shipyard
KENNETH D. BAILEY a considerably
improved electronics installation. Radio
Central was completely remodeled for the
addition of KW-7 TSEC and KG-14/TSEC on-line
cryptographic equipment and the
AN/UCC-1 multiplex converter. Many teletypes
were added and nearly
all of the former teletype systems were
Addition of the AN/SLA-10 pulse blanker,
and AN/WLA-2 radiofrequency amplifier improved
and enlarged the ship’s ECM capability.
Partial completion of a SingleSideband ShipAlt
gave the ship two R-1051 receivers and an
AN/WRC-1 transceiver as replacements for old
R-390/URR receivers and a TCS transmitter.
The real story of the shipyard period,
is the effort of ship’s force to accomplish
overhaul and repair to equipment on which
normal shipyard work was cancelled. Among the
larger ship’s force projects, and not to
time-consuming routine maintenance, were:
Rebricking number one and number two
and repair of the ship’s evaporators.
Gunners Mates overhauled all three gun
Electronics technicians overhauled the
radar, the IFF system,
the UHF communication system, and Loran.
They made major repairs to the AN/SPS-10
TACAN, six radar repeaters, and the
HF communications system.
New or rebuilt equipment installed by
all ECM antennas, all UHF antennas,
a new antenna for the AN/SPS-37 radar,
two AN/GRC-27 transceivers, three TED
five AN/URR-35 receivers,
and AN/SPA-4F and AN/SPA-59 radar
Work was completed a week early
a congratulatory message from
Ship’s force efforts to complete repairs
not end with leaving the yard, nor, for that matter,
for the remainder of the year. KENNETH
D. BAILEY left the yards for a post-overhaul
TAV alongside EVERGLADES on 28 August.
During this time, final touches were put
on tender and shipyard jobs, the crew
was drilled in at-sea functions,
and the ship was loaded out with ammunition.
The ship departed Charleston 7 September
In the two-week period in its home port,
was underway conducting independent
ship’s exercises for three days, in addition
to which a day was devoted to a family cruise.
On 20 September, CDR David McLeod
USN, relieved CDR Fritzke
as Commanding Officer in ceremonies aboard
ship in Mayport. Two days later
the ship departed for refresher training at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Commander Greathouse was born January 7,
in Fort Worth, Texas.
After graduating from Paschal High School
in Fort Worth in January 1945,
he attended Tulane University and the
before entering the Navy on February 27, 1946.
He went through Boot Camp at San Diego and
then went on to Bainbridge, Maryland
to attend the Naval Academy Prep School.
He then graduated with the
Class of 1951 at the U.S. Naval Academy.
His first sea assignment was aboard the USS
CLARENCE K. BRONSON (DD-668)
service in Korea. He then commanded
in ASW test and evaluation work out of Key
West for two years.
His next assignment was with the Fifteenth
Naval District, Panama Canal Zone,
serving as staff secretary, director of
and military assistance
program officer for Latin America.
School in Monterey, California was his next stop in underwater
weapons. He then served as Executive
Officer of the USS
before being assigned as Commanding Officer
of the USS
New London, Connecticut where he was involved
in underwater weapons research.
COMCRUDESLANT in Newport, RI was his next
as he served on the
staff as Weapons Officer. Command of
the USS K.D. BAILEY (DDR-713)
followed before finishing out his career as
Assistant Branch Head for
Surface ASW R&D in the Pentagon followed
Branch Head for Strategic Systems R&D.
Commander Greathouse retired from active
on September 1, 1971.
He is married to the former Margarite
Lopez from Cardenas, Cuba
who he met while aboard the WEATHERFORD.
He settled in Fredericksburg, Texas where
spent a lot of his time as a volunteer at the Nimitz
Upon arrival at Guantanamo, Fleet Training
Group inspectors noted a number of material
and administrative discrepancies which were
to the conduct of Refresher training.
Training was nevertheless begun on 25
and was conducted during the day while
efforts to correct discrepancies were made
at night and on weekends. By the middle of
October, however, sufficient progress had
not yet been made especially in the main
propulsion spaces and on key electronics
equipment. The ship was placed in an upkeep
status with the Ship’s Repair Department
at Guantanamo for the week of 16-22 October.
Refresher training was resumed on 23
Still enough problems remained
however, to hamper the efficient conduct of
A second upkeep period was assigned from 26
October to 12 November.
During this second upkeep period, with both
Ships Repair Department
and the ship’s crew working nearly around
repairs were finally made sufficient to allow
KENNETH D. BAILEY
to resume RefTra on 13 November. On 30
the ship was given its ORI. Despite the
shortened and broken period of training,
D. BAILEY was awarded an adjective
grade of satisfactory for its ORI. Of
particular note was the ship’s grade of 84 for its ASW ORI
as this was the second highest mark assigned
to any destroyer for the preceding six months.
For its achievements, both in training and
maintenance while at Guantanamo, K. D. BAILEY
received a “well done” from COMCRUDESLANT,
and COMFLTTRAGRU GTMO.
From Guantanamo, KENNETH D. BAILEY steamed
for Culebra Island for gunfire support
qualifications on 2 December. After
a brief port visit at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas,
on 3 December, the ship set course for
Home port was reached the morning of 6
The end of 1967 found KENNETH D. BAILEY
in home port in a leave and upkeep
status. As during most of the year, primary
emphasis was being placed on improvement of
material condition, this time in preparation
from a Spring deployment to the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
The first four days of the new year, 1968,
found the KENNETH D. BAILEY finishing a
four week leave and upkeep period in her
Mayport, FL. On 5 January 1968,
the radar picket destroyer, commanded by Cdr
D.M. Greathouse, USN, went to sea
for four days of ASW exercises with the
LAFAYETTE (SSBN- 616).
On 9 January 1968, the ship returned to
for a final tender availability before
her Mediterranean cruise. BAILEY held
engineering trials at sea on 28 February,
and spent the following week in Mayport taking
on provisions for her
4 ½ month Mediterranean deployment.
Pictured above alongside the BAILEY in
is the USS GOODRICH (DDR-831),
is in the background.
At 0900, on 6 March, BAILEY shifted colors
and was underway for the Mediterranean Sea. After a one day refueling stop at NavSta, Bermuda on 8 March, the
ship pointed her bow across the Atlantic toward Punta Del Gada, Azores. After spending
two days in Punta Del Gada, KENNETH D. BAILEY steamed toward Gibralta for her turnover with the USS GOODRICH
On 17 March, BAILEY arrived in Gibralta,
conducted turnover, and departed for Valletta, Malta. Three days later, BAILEY with Attack Carrier Task Force 60.2, dropped anchor in Valletta, Malta.
On the 29th of March, BAILEY anchored in
Soudha Bay, Crete. The following day, saw the Task Force enroute from Crete to operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Upon completion of nine hard days of
at sea, BAILEY, still operating with
Task Group 60.2, arrived in Athens, Greece
for rest and relaxation.
One week later the ship was underway for
Sicily, with the
and the USS RICKETTS (DDG-5).
On 20 April, the three ships arrived at
for a one week visit. While in Palermo,
BAILEY sailors cleaned and painted several
rooms of a tuberculosis hospital and distributed
numerous handclasp materials.
Also, while there, the Supply Department
received an invitation to bowl in an exhibition match. When they arrived at the alley’s, little did
they realize that they would be bowling against the National Italian Team. Bleachers
were set up along the alley pair and did bring in a crowd of spectators. Of course the
BAILEY boys were beaten rather soundly but had a great time and all were treated to dinner with
the Italian team after the match.
of 29 April, found the BAILEY leaving Sicily
enroute for the rendezvous area of NATO
Dawn Patrol. During the twelve day
exercise, BAILEY, simulating opposing forces,
maneuvered smartly and was commended
by Commander, Mediterranean (South East),
for a “splendid job of work.”
The crew was amply rewarded for their hard
work at sea when the ship pulled into Palma de
Mallorca, Spain, on 14 May, with the USS
J.P. KENNEDY (DD-850),
The crew thoroughly enjoyed the warm
and the friendly people of the Spanish city.
On 23 May, the ship was once again underway
and spent the next two days completing several
gunnery, ASW, and engineering competitive
exercises. Exercise POOK DECK, involving air,
surface, and sub-surface units of the United
States and Spain, commenced on 27 May.
For both days of the exercise, BAILEY
intensive AAW and ASW drills.
Steaming in both screening and picket
smartly carried out its functions in
On the last of May, BAILEY tied up
Valletta, Malta, for a tender availability
period. During the stay in Valletta, a
drone detachment team, drone aircraft,
and a fire fish were taken on board to provide
services for gunnery exercises. Six
midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy
and two Portuguese Ensigns also came aboard
for six weeks training.
Pictured (above) alongside the SHENANDOAH,
(along with the BAILEY),
is the USS
MYLES C. FOX (DD-829)
USS JAMES C. OWENS
On 10 June, LCDR J.C. Kraft relieved LCDR
Holloman as Executive Officer.
Two days later, the ship headed south for
Filfla Rock to conduct gun fire support
competitive exercises. Fleet Anniversary
Parade Exercise (FLAPEX), to celebrate the
20th anniversary of the Sixth Fleet, was
on 23 and 24 June.
On 25 June, FLAPEX was conducted with more
than thirty Sixth Fleet combatant and service
force ships. During this impressive
spectacle, which was viewed by
Lemnitzer, Supreme Allied Commander Europe,
and a host of other dignitaries and newsmen
the BAILEY shot down a
self launched drone, fired a 20 gun salute,
and participated in the pass in review.
Upon completion of FLAPEX, BAILEY was
with the USS ZELLARS and the
and arrived in Genoa, Italy on 28 June. A surprise inspection
was conducted on 2 July by Commander Destroyer
Division 262 and was passed with an overall
mark of excellent. BAILEY departed
Genoa and started the three day trip to
Rota, Spain, and turnover with the USS
CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2).
After turnover on 13 July, the BAILEY, in
company with the USS RICKETTS
(DDG-5) and the USS BARNEY
her bow toward the Atlantic and home. She arrived at NavSta Mayport, FL on the morning of 23 July for a period of leave and
On 10 September, the BAILEY was underway
for NATO exercise “Silver Tower” in the North Atlantic. After twenty-one days at sea. some of which were
on picket stations north of the Artic Circle, the ship entered the locks of Amsterdam,
Holland, with the USS GRAND CANYON (AD-28)
and the USS BORDELON (DD-881). The transit back home began four days later.
On 10 October, Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd,
Jr., COMCRUDESFLOT Twelve, shifted his flag to the BAILEY and stayed aboard until arrival in
Mayport on 14 October. The BAILEY was ordered to execute her recall bill on 18 October 1968,
to ger underway to avoid Hurricane Glayds. Returning to Mayport on the afternoon
of the 20th, the BAILEY resumed preparations for departure to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The remainder of the year found BAILEY in
Mayport, FL for a TAV period with the USS YELLOWSTONE (AD-27).
Leave period started on the 18th of December and almost one half of the crew enjoyed Christmas with their families.
On 1/1/69 the BAILEY reverted to DD-713.
As 1969 commenced, the BAILEY was underway
for San Juan, Puerto Rico and an extended TAV and self-help period while attached to Operation
In January 1969, while in San Juan, PR, CDR
Harold Michael Joseph “Hal” Lewis, USN, assumed duties as last Commanding Officer of the K.D. BAILEY.
Born on January 28, 1928, in Albany, NY,
Captain Lewis graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the 18th Company with the Class of 1952. Following graduation,
he married the former Betty Boone of Bethesda, MD, with the traditional Arch of Swords to
begin 28 years of life in the Navy, followed by a second career in the aerospace industry.
<>As an ordnance engineering specialist,
participated in the original Polaris missile development, firing the first sea-launched Polaris from
OBSERVATION ISLAND, (E-AG-154) the
Navy’s laboratory test ship and later, as test engineer for the
SSBN (submarine) launch.
He served as operations officer, executive
officer and commanding officer in destroyers and in five cruiser-destroyer flotilla staff positions from Lieutenant
After his final Washington tour as Vice
Commander of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Captain Lewis completed active duty as Range Director, Pacific Missile
Test Range, Point Magu, CA., where he received the Legion of Merit
from the President of the United States.
Retiring in 1980, Captain Lewis began a
second career in the test range business with Computer Sciences Corp., as Vice President of Applied Technology
Division, operating at Edwards AFB, CA. Later he consulted with Northrup
Captain Lewis passed away on October 22,
2008, and was laid to rest at the Southern
Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV.
Upon completion of the San Juan TAV in
February 1969, BAILEY headed for Guantanamo Bay and a brief refresher training period followed by gunnery qualifications. BAILEY returned to her homeport of Mayport in late March expecting several months of normal upkeep and leave.
However, in April 1969, BAILEY was called
upon to replace anaother destroyer unable to meet deployment commitments due to engine failures.
Thus, on very short notice, the KENNETH D. BAILEY was underway to join the 6th Fleet on what would turn out to be her final deployment.
After traditional stopovers in Bermuda and
the Azores, the BAILEY turned over to the 6th Fleet in early May. During the next 4 1/2 months, the
BAILEY carried out her normal picket destroyer duties participating in several fleet
exercises in both eastern and western Mediterranean venues.
Ports visited were Naples, Italy Valette,
Malta Barcelona, Spain and Palme de Majoca.
the BAILEY made a stopover in
Monaco from June 28, 1969 to July 8, 1969, and on July 4th was treated with a surprise visit from Princess Grace
along with her son, Albert,
as shown below, escorted by Captain Lewis. The BAILEY received her decommissioning order in August 1969 while
deployed to the 6th Fleet. The ship returned to Mayport in October 1969
and commenced preparations for decommissioning and the eventual trip to Orange, TX. On 5 January 1970, a Farewell Ceremony was held in Mayport. Lieutenant Commander Donald L. Schroeder, USN, Executive Officer, made
welcoming remarks. Lieutenant Cephas D. Williamson, CHC, U.S. Naval Reserve and
Chaplain for Destroyer Squadron FOURTEEN gave the invocation. Speakers following the invocation were: Captain Stephen L. Rush, U.S. Navy, Commander Destroyer Squadron
FOURTEEN. Rear Admiral Roderick
O. Middleton, U.S. Navy, Commander
Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla TWELVE. Commander Harold M. J. Lewis, Jr., Commading Officer, USS KENNETH D.
On January 20, 1970, BAILEY was
decommissioned and placed in
Placed in “Out of Commission in Reserve” on
She was stricken from the Naval Vessel
BAILEY was sold on 1/13/75 and then towed
TX in the Spring of 1975 to Khorramshar,
the Iranian Naval Base across from hostile Iraq.
Welcome to the USS Kenneth D Bailey DD-713 Guestbook Forum
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Years Served: 1960-1962
I've been looking for Bill Dean and Andy Anderson. Hope they sign in.
LS Smith ET2I
Years Served: 1956 to 1959
Served as an ET 39 months on the KDB when she was DDR713. Made two Med Cruises and moved the home port from Newport RI to Mayport FL. Great ship and great crew.
PIERCE C. TUDOR, IC/EM3
Years Served: 1946 TO 1949 ON USS KENNETH D. BAILEY DD713
I WOULD NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR THE YEARS I ENJOYED THAT I WAS ON THE BAILEY.
PIERCE C. TUDOR
Years Served: 1/61 thru 9/63
Radioman 3rd class had some fun times during that time. Often wondered what happened to that ship and some of the men on board.
Years Served: 1953&amp54
I came aboard in the shipyard in Boston when it was being recommissioned, I was a BT3 and was in the after fire room. I really enjoyed my time aboard.:)
Years Served: 1947 - 1950
I loved my years in the Navy (18-19 years old at the time) and enjoyed so many of my shipmates. Have been looking for Bob Chase, originally from Niagra, NY. for many years. Living in Arizona since 1965.
Years Served: 1962 - 1966
Hi, I joined the Navy in August of 1962 and from boot camp went directly back to Great Lakes for BT school. Out of school I was assigned to the USS K D Bailey DDR-713 which was stationed in Mayport FL. On the Bailey I was assigned to the after fireroom, where I stayed until I was discharged in Valeta Malta. Would like to hear from anyone that served on the Bailey during that time. Thanks, Tommy
Years Served: 1956-1958
I was Electronics Maintenance Officer, then Operations Officer on the KDB from 5/56 to 3/58. I remember you, Smitty! I am in touch with Dave
Johnson, ET3 also. [email protected]
Years Served: 1966-1968
Served from early 66 to late 68. BT2 in the forward fireroom working for Fred Fields most of the time.
Jasper R. CUNNINGHAM
Years Served: 1966 to 1970
I was in 1st div. and would realy like to hear from other 1st div. hands .Does anybody have any info on JAMES R. LARKIN , if so please pass it on to me THANKS CUNNINGHAM BM3
Years Served: Nil
I am Lawrence Gatt from Malta. It appears that she was in Malta in 1968. I live in Selmun limits of Mellieha and I have found a Zippo cigarette lighter at my farm with the engraving of Kenneth D Bailey DDR 713. Perhaps there might be somebody who recalls having left this memento to a local.
Henry William Wright
Years Served: 1945 - 1946
83 years old and still going strong. Retired minister (a far cry from my Navy days!) Best regards to all!
Bobby D. Hovious
Years Served: 1955 - 1958
Good times other than the watches!
John K. (j.k.) Hughes II
Years Served: 1962-1964
:roll: We had some good times. Gerald & Ronald (both deceased now and missed) were my twin brothers aboard at the same time I was. I believe that we were the first set of more than two brothers (since the five Sullivan brothers killed from the same ship in WWII) on the same ship at the same time. We had Other sets of brothers aboard when we were there. I know that at least the Ender brothers and the Allen brothers were there. This is something that Just happened in the Spring of 1965. I picked up a young sailor looking for a ride back to NAS Millington, TN at a service station in Nashville one Saturday Night. I was on my way back to UT at Martin, TN so I told him I could take him that far. We let him stay in our dorm that night and arranged a ride for him to Millington with one of my UT classmates parents on Sunday afternoon. The thing that really scared him while were heading west on Interstate 40 about forty miles west of Nashville after he'd told me he was in a classified C school at NAS Millington. As we were riding along he said something just like the Allen brothers on our ship. You should have seen the look on h is face. All I said was, Hey Boy, is your name Allen. He finally said, yes. I then told him that I could tell by the word he used that I knew his brothers even though I didn't know they had a younger brother. I told him who they were, what ship we were on together and showed him pictures of them in my cruise book. Peace in his heart at last. I wish all surviving Bailey sailors a great day and appreciate Your willingness to serve our great country. John K. (J.K.) Hughes II
RUSSELL L. WHITLOCK
Years Served: 62 THROUGH 64
Reported aboard 30 Jan.62 and was discharged 30 Jan.64. :D Remember J.K. Hughes and his brothers well. very sorry of their passing. J.K was ET with me. I was the Tacan mechanic and it kept me awake many nights. Lawrence Caines, James Day and Mike Thaxton were all from Ashland, Ky same as I was. J.K. Don't take anymore radiation caps off a hot engine buddy. I'm 75 now and am very sick guys, the old heart is just about to give up on me. Please remember me in your prayers. would like to see a lot of the guys but doesn't look possible. Would like to send regards to Lieutenant John d'Entremont from Boston. Best Electronics officer any ET gang ever had. I remember the Bailey as a good ship with a good crew and we ate well. I especially remember a little Girl over in Jacksville by the name of Diane. She worked in a Krystal restaurant on adams avenue Wish I had married her but as the old German said, We get to soon old and to late smart . Christian love to all Bailey Sailors Hope to see you on the other shore.
Service on KDB 713 after fire room 62/64
MY HUSBAND LAURIE KOEPKE SERVED ON THE BAILEY 65-70 BOUT PASSED AWAY FROM CANCER ON JAN252018 BUT LIKE ALL BLESSED NAVY MEN HIS BUDDIES WILL BE IN OSHKOSH WISC ON OCT 5 -7TO CELEBATE HIS AS WELL SHIPMATE DOUG KIELER JOE DRESSMAN DAVE HOYT MICK WORTHY WHO PASSED FOR HIM LAURIELOVED THE LORD HIS NAVY BUDDIES AND FISHING THEN HIS KIDS AND GRANDKIDS LIKE ALL NAVY MEN LAST HIS WIFE ANYONE WISHING TO JOIN US IS WELCOME HE TRIED TO FIND SO MANY HE REMEBERED WORD OF ADVICE HERE HE HANDLED RADAR AND AC TO DOC PROBABLY THE CAUSE OF HIS CANCER SO KEEP ALERT GOD BLESS THE MEN WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY
I served from 1965 till 1968. Worked in deck division as a SA then moved to Sonar as a STGSN. I really enjoyed my time on the Bailey.
Served on the Bailey from early1959 till mid1959 then transferred to Submarine school.
Awards and honors [ edit | edit source ]
Medal of Honor citation [ edit | edit source ]
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to
MAJOR KENNETH D. BAILEY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For extraordinary courage and heroic conduct above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Company C, First Marine Raider Battalion, during the enemy Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on September 12–13, 1942. Completely reorganized following the severe engagement of the night before, Major Bailey's company, within an hour after taking its assigned position as battalion reserve between the main line and the coveted airport, was threatened on the right flank by the penetration of the enemy into a gap in the main line. In addition to repulsing this threat, while steadily improving his own desperately held position, he used every weapon at his command to cover the forced withdrawal of the main line before a hammering assault by superior enemy forces. After rendering invaluable service to the Battalion Commander in stemming the retreat, reorganizing the troops and extending the reserve position to the left, Major Bailey, despite a severe head wound, repeatedly led his troops in fierce hand to hand combat for a period of ten hours. His great personal valor while exposed to constant and merciless enemy fire, and his indomitable fighting spirit inspired his troops to heights of heroic endeavor which enabled them to repulse the enemy and hold Henderson Field. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Destroyer DD-713, 1945–1952
After shakedown in the Caribbean, Kenneth D. Bailey operated in the Atlantic from the New England coast to the Caribbean. Working out of Newport, Rhode Island, and Norfolk, Virginia, she served as plane guard during the qualification of pilots in aircraft carrier operations and trained men for the crews of new destroyers. From 13 February to 26 March 1947 she cruised along the eastern coast of South America and returned to Norfolk 31 March.
On 10 November Kenneth D. Bailey departed Norfolk on the first of many Mediterranean Sea cruises during the Cold War. From 13 December to 5 January 1948, she patrolled the coast of Greece. While operating in the Mediterranean from 13 January to 12 May 1949, she supported the truce in Israel and helped to maintain peace between Italy and Yugoslavia during their struggle for Trieste. Again, from 3 September 1951 to 4 February 1952, she ranged the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey to maintain the freedom of the nations which rim that ancient sea.
When not deployed with the 6th Fleet, Kenneth D. Bailey joined operations that carried her from the Caribbean and the reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the shores of Northern and Western Europe. Undertaking a variety of duties, she trained naval reservists, served as plane guard and screen during carrier operations, and participated in cold weather exercises north of the Arctic Circle. On 2 December 1952 she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for modernization and conversion to a radar picket destroyer and decommissioned on the 22nd.
Radar picket destroyer DDR-713, 1953–1967
Redesignated DDR-713, Kenneth D. Bailey recommissioned 29 August 1953, Comdr. W. D. Gaddis in command. Based at Newport, she operated along the East Coast, then deployed with the 6th Fleet on 19 May 1954. Before returning to Newport on 28 September, she participated in joint NATO operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. She again deployed to the Mediterranean from 5 November 1955 to 17 March 1956, and in February 1956 she patrolled the Red Sea along Israeli and Egyptian coasts to express U.S. concern over the mounting Suez crisis. In April 1957 she cruised the eastern Mediterranean in support of King Hussein's pro-Western Jordanian government. And while on her next deployment (2 September 1958-28 March 1959), she supported U.S. operations in Lebanon, begun in July 1958 at the request of Lebanese President Chamoun, who feared a Communist coup.
Kenneth D. Bailey shifted her homeport from Newport to Mayport, Florida, on 16 June 1959. After completing destroyer operations in the Atlantic, she entered Charleston Navy Yard on 26 January 1960 for a nine-month FRAM II overhaul that equipped her with new radar, sonar, and communication facilities. She returned to Mayport on 27 October. She sailed on 14 November for waters off Guatemala and Nicaragua to establish barrier patrols to prevent the landing of Cuban supplies and armed forces during revolts in those Central American nations. She continued this important duty until 4 December, then returned to Mayport on 18 December to prepare for further service in the Mediterranean.
Departing Mayport on 9 February 1961, Kenneth D. Bailey arrived at Gibraltar on 18 February to commence six months of Fleet and NATO operations that carried her from the coast of France to the shores of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. Since that time, she has deployed to the Mediterranean four times within four years to support the Fleet's peace-keeping mission. Returning from her latest deployment on 26 October 1966, this versatile destroyer remained off Mayport, until 12 April 1967 when she arrived at Charleston, South Carolina, for overhaul.
Kenneth D. Bailey was decommissioned on 20 January 1970, struck on 1 February 1974, and subsequently sold to Iran on 13 January 1975 for spare parts.
Kenneth Dillon Bailey (1910 - 1942)
Major Kenneth D. Bailey was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 24 March 1943, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during a special ceremony at the White House, for heroic conduct during action in the Solomon Islands. The medal was presented to Maj Bailey's wife. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during an intense battle to repulse the enemy at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.
Kenneth Dillon Bailey, who also earned the Silver Star Medal during the initial landing on Tulagi in the Solomon Islands, was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, on 21 October 1910. He later moved to Danville, Illinois, with his parents.
He spent three years with the 130th Infantry, Illinois National Guard, prior to receiving his second lieutenant's commission in the Marine Corps on 1 July 1935. He was ordered to the Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, where he completed a course of instruction in the Basic School.
Joining the 5th Marines in Quantico, Virginia, he participated in maneuvers in San Diego and in the Caribbean. In June 1938, he joined the Marine Detachment, USS Pennsylvania as Detachment and Battery Officer. He was advanced to first lieutenant on 19 January 1939 while serving on board that vessel.
A short tour of duty at Quantico as Range Officer with the Rifle Range Detachment preceded his assignment as Assistant to the Training Officer, Recruit Depot, at Parris Island, South Carolina. Lt Bailey was ordered to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December 1940 where he joined the 1st Marine Brigade. He later joined the 7th Marines, then the 1st Marines, which returned to Parris Island not long after he reported for duty. He was promoted to captain in March 1941.
At Quantico in June 1941, he joined the 5th Marines as a company commander. In February 1942, his unit was re-designated the 1st Marine Raider Battalion. The unit was ordered to San Diego, California, in April 1942, and on the last day of that month reached Tutuila, Samoa. He was promoted to major on 8 May 1942.
Landing on Tulagi on 7 August 1942, he later moved with his unit to Guadalcanal, where he earned the Medal of Honor. He was buried on Guadalcanal but his remains were reinterred in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois, in June 1948.
In addition to the Medal of Honor and Silver Star Medal, Maj Bailey was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Presidential Unit Citation Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp and the World War II Victory Medal.
In 1945, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), in commission from 1945 to 1970, was named in his honor.
Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) was launched 17 June 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J. sponsored by Elizabeth Speissegger Bailey, widow of Major Bailey, and commissioned 31 July 1945, Comdr. G. H. Richards, Jr., in command.
After shakedown in the Caribbean, Kenneth D. Bailey operated in the Atlantic from the New England coast to the Caribbean. Working out of Newport, R.I., and Norfolk, Va.. she served as plane guard during the qualification of pilots in carrier operations and trained men for the crews of new destroyers. From 13 February to 26 March 1947 she cruised along the eastern coast of South America and returned to Norfolk 31 March.
On 10 November Kenneth D. Bailey departed Norfolk on the first of many Mediterranean cruises during the Cold War. While deployed with the mighty 6th Fleet, she has strengthened American naval power during its constant vigil to maintain peace, preserve freedom, contain Communist expansion, and keep the Middle East facing west. From 13 December to 5 January 1948, she patrolled the coast of Greece to insure Greek independence despite Communist aggression. While operating in the Mediterranean from 13 January to 12 May 1949, she supported the still unsettled truce in Israel and helped to maintain peace between Italy and Yugoslavia during their struggle for Trieste. Again, from 3 September 1951 to 4 February 1952, she ranged the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey to maintain the freedom of the nations which rim that ancient sea.
When not deployed with the 6th Fleet, Kenneth D. Bailey joined operations that carried her from the Caribbean and the reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the shores of Northern and Western Europe. Undertaking a variety of duties, she trained naval reservists, served as plane guard and screen during carrier operations, and participated in cold weather exercises north of the Arctic Circle. On 2 December 1952 she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for modernization and conversion to a radar picket destroyer and decommissioned on the 22d.
Redesignated DDR-713, Kenneth D. Bailey recommissioned 29 August 1953, Comdr W. D. Gaddis in command. Based at Newport, she operated along the East Coast, then deployed with the 6th Fleet 19 May 1954. Before returning to Newport 28 September, she participated in joint NATO operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. She again deployed to the Mediterranean from 5 November 1955 to 17 March 1956, and in February 1956 she patrolled the Red Sea along Israeli and Egyptian coasts to express U.S. concern over the mounting Suez crisis. In April 1957 she cruised the eastern Mediterranean in support of King Hussein's pro-Western Jordanian government, then threatened by Communist subversion. And while on her next deployment (2 September 1958-28 March 1959), she supported U.S. operations in Lebanon, begun in July 1958 at the request of Lebanese President Chamoun, who feared a Communist coup.
Kenneth D. Bailey shifted her homeport from Newport to Mayport, Fla., 16 June 1959. After completing destroyer operations in the Atlantic, she entered Charleston Navy Yard 26 January 1960 for a 9-month FRAM II overhaul that equipped her with new radar, sonar, and communication facilities. She returned to Mayport 27 October well prepared to help maintain American security on the seas. She sailed 14 November for waters off Guatemala and Nicaragua to establish barrier patrols to prevent the landing of Cuban supplies and armed forces during small-scale revolts in those Central American nations. She continued this important duty until 4 December, then returned to Mayport 18 December to prepare for further service in the Mediterranean.
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