|Birth: ||Nov. 20, 1908|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1942|
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was awarded the CMOH or his bravery while Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific Area during the period May 10 to 14 November 14, 1942. His citation reads "Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Lt. Col. Bauer participated in 2 air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than 2 to 1, boldly engaged the enemy and destroyed 1 Japanese bomber in the engagement of 28 September and shot down 4 enemy fighter planes in flames on 3 October, leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading 26 planes on an over-water ferry flight of more than 600 miles on 16 October, Lt. Col. Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the U.S.S. McFarland. Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that 4 of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel. His intrepid fighting spirit and distinctive ability as a leader and an airman, exemplified in his splendid record of combat achievement, were vital factors in the successful operations in the South Pacific Area." His Medal was awarded to him posthumously.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
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Record added: Aug 07, 2010
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GOD bless and keep thee close to HIM Colonel Bauer. Thanks for your service and your heroic duty while on USMC Active Duty. I was/am a Marine myself, served in Vietnam and other like places. Live in Wichita KS, not far from where you were born. From a Bro...(Read more)|
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