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USS Harry F. Bauer was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer launched on July 9, 1944 as DD-738 and converted in DM-26 the same year. It was commissioned on September 22, 1944 under Comdr. Richard Claggett Williams’ command and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned in March 12, 1956. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 363 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Okinawa or Sasebo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 15, 1971. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Harry F. Bauer received 4 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.