Bache DD/DDE-470

Timeline

HULL NUMBER 8021: In a search of Google Newspaper Archive, I found a clipping from the Ottawa Citizen, page 16, November 21, 1941. From the caption I learned that the crowd is there is celebrate the launching of the USS Farenholt. The keel for Bache was being laid after that launching. In the foreground of the picture is a sign that says "KEEL DD 470 HULL 8021 U.S.S. BACHE."

CHRISTENED ON JULY 27, 1942 BY LOUISE BACHE: I aquired a picture of Louise Bache christening the back. On the back of picture, I found that it was taken at the Bethlyhem Steel Company's Yards on July 27, 1942. The photo was credit was to ACME Newspictures. I believe the photograph is numbered 656705, but I have not been able to confirm this or the copyright status of the picture.

19 Nov 1941 .....

Laid down/Keel Date, Staten Island, Bethlehem Shipping Corporation

First Commanding Officer: Cdr. J.N. Opie, III  

SOURCE: 1,2


07 Jul 1942 .....

Launched

SOURCE: 1


14 Nov 1942 .....

Commissioned

SOURCE: 1


1943 .....

Aleutians Operation

SOURCE: 4


06 Jul - 15 Aug 1943 .....

Re-taking of Kiska

Operation Cottage

Task Group 16.21

SOURCE: 8


1943-1944 .....

Bismarck Archipelago Operation

SOURCE: 4


26 Dec 1943 .....

Bombardment of New Britain

SOURCE: 8,10


1944 .....

Eastern New Guinea Operations

SOURCE: 4


29 Feb 1944 - 18 May 1944 .....

Admiralty Islands Campaign (New Guinea)

Task Group 74

Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey

SOURCE: 8


15 Sep 1944 .....

Destroyers to Morotai

Task Group 77.2

Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey

SOURCE: 8


1944 .....

Hollandia Operation

SOURCE: 4

  

22 Apr 1944 .....

Hollandia Landings

Operation Reckless

Task Group 77.3

SOURCE: 8


1944 .....

Western New Guinea Operations

SOURCE: 4


~ May/Jun 1944 .....

Biak Island Invasion

Task Force 77


20 Oct 1944 .....

Leyte Operation

Task Force 77

DesRon 24

SOURCE: 8,9


28 Feb and 5 Mar .....

Iwo Jima Operation

SOURCE: 8


1945 .....

Okinawa Gunto Operation

SOURCE: 4


13 May 1945 .....

Battle of Okinawa

Operation Iceburg

Commanding Officer: Lt Comdr. A.R. McFarland

Hit by kamikaze, Okinawa - 41 killed; 32 wounded

SOURCE: 5,8


25 May 1945 .....

Left Okinawa in Convoy OKS-5

SOURCE: 5


13 Jul 1945 .....

Arrived NY Navy Yard

SOURCE: 5


27 Oct 1945 .....

Participant, Presidential Fleet Review, NY Pier

SOURCE: 1


04 Feb 1946 .....

Placed in reserve, Charleston, S.C.

SOURCE: 5


17 Jan 1947 .....

Decommissioned. Laid up in Charleston Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet

SOURCE: 5


21 Jun 1950 .....

Towed to Boston Naval Shipyard

SOURCE: 5


01 Oct 1951 .....

Recommissioned

SOURCE: 1


02 Jan 1951 .....

Reclassifed DDE-470

SOURCE: 1


1954

Assisted in evaluation of the first Nuclear Submarine

SOURCE: 5


Fall 1958

Destroyer Division 282

NATO Manuevers, Europe

SOURCE: 13


Mar 1958

Assigned to Task Group ALFA, experimental group tasked with the development and teaching of antisubmarine defense techniques and procedures

SOURCE: 5


1959

Task Group ALFA anti-submarine exericises in Atlantic

SOURCE: 1


19 Dec 1960

Recovery ship for Mercury-Restone 1-A (unmanned NASA mission)

SOURCE: 6,7

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Deck Log entry: “1115 Rocket for Operation Mercury launched. 1118 Rocket for Operation Mercury spotted in flight off port beam.”


13 Apr 1961 - 26 Apr 1961

Cuba: Bay of Pigs

SOURCE: 3


May 1961

Deployed for Presidential Flight to Paris as part of Task Group 83.4

SOURCE: Bache Decklog for May, 1961

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Deck Log entry: “Steaming independently in accordance with CTG 83.4 operation order 5-61 in Rescue Destroyer Station B for Presidential Flight to Paris, France. OTG is 83.4 in USS Lake Champlain. Immediate Senior is CTU 83.4.2 in USS Eaton. Readiness condition 5 and material condition YOKE are set"

  


29 Jun 1962 - 11 Aug 1962

Cuba: Cuban Missile Crisis

SOURCE: 3


30 Jun 1962

Reverted to DD-470

SOURCE: 1


13 Oct 1962

Task group 83.2 operating in VACPAES Operating Area in CTG 83.2 operation order 10-62

SOURCE: Bache Deck Log


15 Oct 1962

CTF 148 operation order 1-62 as a detached part of TG 83.2

SOURCE: Bache Deck Log


21 Oct 1962

TG 83.2 off coast of Florida enroute to VACPES OP-AREA in accordance wtih CTG 83.2 OP-ORDER 10-62

SOURCE: Bache Deck Log


25 Oct 1962 - 05 Nov 1962

Cuban Missile Blockade

HUK Group ALFA (composed of carrier, USS Randolf, and destroyers, Bache, Beale, Cony, Eaton and Murray)

SOURCE:  3,11,12


28 Oct 1962

Trailed Russian Submarine C-19 (aka B-59)

Bache Deck Log Entry: “Steaming as before. 1204 Took position 3000 yards ahead of Russian submarine Prosnablavst. Set course 080, speed 10kts.”

SOURCE: Bache Deck Logs



10 May 1963 - 23 May 1963

Haitian Contingency Operation

Naval Task Force 24

Commander Task Group 44.9


14 May 1965 - 15 May 1965

Dominican Republic Intervention

SOURCE: 3


1965 - 1966

Vietnam

SOURCE: 3


06 Feb 1968

Wrecked, Rhode Island, Greece

SOURCE: 1


26 Feb 1968

Decommissioned

SOURCE: 5


01 Mar 1968

Name struck from Navy list

SOURCE: 1


Picture of Bache on her delivery date, November 14, 1942. Photo found at the National Archives and Records Adminstration. Official U.S. Navy Photograph No. 041911

The USS Bache alongside the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) for refueling during rough seas. Photograph dated September, 1964. Negative No. 1109919. Official Photograph of the U.S. Navy. Found at the National Archives and Records Administration.