USS Stribling
DD 867 (Gearing class)


Builder:        Bethlehem Steel, S.I., NY
Laid Down:  	January 15, 1945
Launched:       June 8, 1945
Commissioned:  	September 29, 1945
Decommissioned: ?
Fate:           Stricken 07/01/76;
                Sunk as target 07/27/80

We are seeking information on the USS Stribling and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.

The E-mail:


Navy Cmdr. Bruce Allan Bauer, 75, a resident of Deale for 15 years, died of kidney failure during cancer treatment July 16 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a five-month illness.

Born April 15, 1931, in Washington, D.C., Cmdr. Bauer earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and journalism from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a full Navy scholarship. He earned a master of science degree in international affairs from George Washington University and attended Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he learned Malay.

Cmdr. Bauer retired from the Navy after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served as Captain of the Destroyer USS Stribling from 1970 to 1972 and aboard the USS Ingraham, USS Bordelon and USS San Marcos.

He was also an Assistant Naval Attache in Djakarta, Indonesia; with the Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon; an intelligence officer in Naples, Italy and Guam; and mostly recently commanding officer of the Naval Research Lab, Chesapeake Bay Division in Chesapeake Beach from 1975 to 1979.

Subsequently he worked for Masters, Mates and Pilots School in Linthicum as a navigation instructor and was the captain of Monob Research Ship in Port Canaveral, Fla.

A master mariner, he held a Coast Guard License, 1600 GRT Master, Unlimited Chief Mate, Oceans, Merchant Marine.

He was also the author of The Sextant Handbook, 1986, and revisor of Piloting and Dead Reckoning, 1991. He also wrote for Cruising World Magazine and Bay Weekly, and was a consulting editor for the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis.

His interests included sailing, boat restoration, reading and woodworking, and he was a member of the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association, St. James Parish in Lothian and the Atalanta Owners Association.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Bauer, whom he married in 1953; two daughters, Lisa Bauer and Julie Bauer Fox, both of Annapolis; one sister, Darlene Marashlian of Mahwah, N.J.; and twin granddaughters.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 2 at St. James Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian. Naval burial will be privately held at sea. Arrangements are by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to ARC of Anne Arundel County, Attention: Kim Starrett, 931 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Carol L. Hoshall


Dear Mark,

I was aboard STRIBLING from August 1970 until July 1972. I was her MPA. During that time we had two MED deployments, an ROH and a GTMO cruise.

The attached is a scan from a 36+ year old postcard I bought at the exchange at Naval Station, Mayport, FL.

You might find my blog entry at of interest. I left the ship when she was still on a MED deployment, and was released from active duty early, because I got caught up in the Navy's rduction in forces, as I was an LTJG, USNR.

I found the attached photo of STRIB arriving in Manaco at


Rich Wersinger

Contributed by: Rich Wersinger (MPA, 1970-72)

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