Lt Werner Bauer

A photo of Lt Werner Bauer - December 8, 1941. This photo was taken the day after the attack at Pearl Harbor. Lt. Werner Bauer (USNR) was aboard the battleship USS West Virginia when she was hit. Another officer flooded the compartments opposite the torpedo hits, allowing the West Virginia to settle to the bottom upright. Werner lead a team into the black below the waterline to flood her ammunition bunkers. He survived with mere cuts and bruises. Somewhere he found a naval officer's hat to get this picture taken of him while still in his hospital gown. He was eager to let his family back in Missouri know he was safe.

Ironically, his cousin, Rudolph Bauer, was a bomber pilot with the Luftwaffe. One brother immigrated, the other did not.
Date & Place: at Pearl Harbor, in Honolulu County, Hawaii United States
Unknown - Unknown
Updated Jan 17, 2019

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Those aren't ink marks on this photo - read the fascinating story.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Cat Johnson
Wow !!! What a story !!!
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De Leah Owens Kohl
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Elizabeth Spears
Amazing story!!
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Valeria Placencia
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Cool I wonder what happened to him after the picture was taken. Did he get married? Did he have any children?
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Lisa Spencer
Valeria Placencia see above
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Judith McNutt
That is amazing..
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Kelly Holland O'Leary
A survivor. The horrors he saw. Thank you for your service, however belatedly.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Becky Kelly
RIP. Love these old pictures.
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Angela Goodson Abbott
God bless him. A beautiful, young man.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Lisa Spencer
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Elizabeth Gaye Jeans Thomas
Excellent research skills!
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Devon Massa
Very neat story. Interesting about his cousin.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Jody Winn
So glad he survived.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Alana Doss
Wow, fascinating. And his family was on the opposition.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Elizabeth Gaye Jeans Thomas
If I look at the list of any American unit (WWII) it shows numbers of Germans, Austrians, Swiss, etc. Many do not realize but German is the main ethnic majority in the country. Scots--Irish runs a close second.
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Elizabeth Gaye Jeans Thomas All of my ancestry! :)
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Susie Friend
His eyes looked haunted.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
I guess they would, given what happened the day before!! :)
Jan 17, 2019 ·
Priscilla Raymond
So handsome.
Jan 17, 2019 · Reply
Elizabeth Gaye Jeans Thomas
USS West Virginia, Pearl Harbor.
Jan 18, 2019 · Reply
Joy Midkiff Alba
1 brother had immigrated and the other hadnt. Reminds me of my greatgrandma who immigrated from Hungary before the war, but she had siblings who didn't so she and my mom would make up and send care packages, and they'd send first hand news during the occupation.
Jan 18, 2019 · Reply
Deb Young-Hager
Handsome young man and very brave! Looks a lot like my little brother
Jan 18, 2019 · Reply
Leslie Winchester-Martinez
Very interesting! Handsome man then!
Jan 19, 2019 · Reply
Ann Domjan
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Stunning and wonderful.
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