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Bailey IV (DD-492)



Bailey (DD-492) view taken on 12 December 1942 by a plane from Chenango (CVE-28). Note: extra high casting on number 2 stack, unique to this ship, apparently. Photographed by PhoM2/c J.S. Springer, USN. Copyright Owner: National Archives. Catalog #: 80-G-264956. 

The fourth U.S. Navy ship named Bailey and the third named for Rear Adm. Theodorus Bailey (1805-1877). See Bailey II for complete biography.


(DD-492: displacement 1,620: length 347'9"; beam 36'1"; draft 17'4"; speed 38 knots; complement 276; armament 4 5-inch, 4 1.1-inch, 5 20 millimeter, 6 depth charge projectors, 2 depth charge tracks, 5 21-inch torpedo  tubes; class Benson)

The fourth Bailey (DD-492) was laid down on 29 January 1941 at Staten Island, N.Y., by the Bethlehem Steel Corp.; launched on 19 December 1941; sponsored by Mrs. Mary de Peyster Charles, grandaughter of Rear Adm. Bailey; commissioned on 11 May 1942, Lt. Cmdr. Franklin D. Karns, Jr., in command.

On 11 December 1945, Bailey arrived at Boston and commenced pre-inactivation overhaul. She was placed out of commission in reserve, at Chalreston, S. C., on 2 May 1946. Bailey was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1968 and disposed of during an exercise in which she was a target ship on 4 November 1969.

Updates pending for 1942 through 1946. 

Robert J. Cressman

Partial Update 25 January 2024

Published: Thu Jan 25 14:35:41 EST 2024