|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1911|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 2008|
Captain Louis Hallowell Bauer passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home on April 26, 2008. Born on September 22, 1911, he was the second of four sons born to Walter and Florence Bauer and was raised in Philadelphia,
As a youth, Captain Bauer always knew that he wanted to fly from the time he and his brothers first flew their homemade glider towed from the bumper of their father's car and he knew that he wanted to fly carrier fighters. Upon raduation
from the United States Naval Academy in 1935, he spent the first two years of service on surface ship duty before being accepted and graduating number one in his class at flight school in Pensacola, Florida, in December 1938. Having earned his wings, he was assigned to "Fighting 2" and reported shortly thereafter to the squadron where he spent the next three years cutting his teeth on the biplane F2Fs and then the fleet's first monoplane fighter, the F2A-2.
During the World War II years as a Lieutenant, he was engaged in carrier-based operations in the South Pacific as Commanding Officer, Fighter Squadron 6 and Fighter Squadron 3. It was during this period as Squadron Commander and flying
the F4F, that he personally led numerous fighter escort missions and strafing attacks in the Solomon Islands during the battle for Guadalcanal. For his actions in that campaign, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. It was also during this period that he was awarded the Navy Cross for leading his squadron against enemy shore objectives resulting in the shooting down of 41 Japanese planes over Guadalcanal.
After finishing the war as a 33-year-old Carrier Air Group Commander, in August 1945 he assumed command of the four squadrons of Carrier Air Group 3 operating from Naval Air Station Oceana. Planning and executing the Danville VA Air Show for 19 F6F Hellcats, group formation flights at the Miami All American Air Maneuvers, and flying the F6F in a single plane loop through the "squirrel cage" of 16 F6Fs at the Cleveland Air Races highlighted his tour as CAG. The Korean War found Captain Bauer serving as the Executive Officer of the Aircraft Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) operating in the Western Pacific. It was during this period that he received the Bronze Star medal for his actions in organizing the ship's crew during combat operations against hostile forces.
Subsequent assignments after the Korean War included tours as Carrier Air Group Training Officer on the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, duty in the Pentagon as Head of the Armaments Division, assignment as the Air
Operations Officer on the staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, tours as the Commanding Officer of the USS Orca (AVP-49) which served as the flagship of the Taiwan Patrol Force during the Quemoy-Matsu crisis with Red China in 1958-1959, as Commanding Officer of the USS Yorktown (CV-10), as Chief of Staff to Commander Anti Submarine Forces, Norfolk, VA, and finally as Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Miramar. Captain Bauer's service to our country ended when he retired in July 1965.
Following retirement from the Navy, Captain Bauer was a real estate agent and then became a patent agent for Gulf General Atomic for ten years. He was a member of the La Jolla Kiwanis Club for 46 years and a member of the John D.
Spreckels Masonic Lodge and the Master of the lodge during the years 1982-1983.
He was active in volunteer work with Los Amigos De Los Californias during annual trips to Mexico to help provide dental care to the needy. He had a passion for the sea and a love of sailing on his boat with his family and friends and was a lifetime member of Southwestern Yacht Club.
Captain Bauer was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret, who passed away on May 7, 1996.
Services will be held on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11am at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society - Miramar, P.O. Box 45339,
San Diego, CA 92145-0339. Published in U-T San Diego on May 11, 2008
Margaret Bauer (____ - 1996)*
Forever In Our Hearts
Note: WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
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Added: Feb. 19, 2015
Ensign L. H. Bauer, USN, designated Naval Aviator #5926 in 1938. Graduated USNA, Class of 1935.|
Added: Sep. 16, 2012