Staff Sergeant Fred W. T. Baker Sioux Falls, South Dakota Minnehaha County July 1, 1921-September 1, 1944 Killed in Action in France
Fred William Theodore Baker was the son of Neal and Kathryn Baker. He was born in Rock Valley, Iowa on July 1, 1921. He had three sisters, Mrs. Paul Davis, Mrs. Duane Johnston, and Mrs. P. A. Elofson.
In January 1939, Baker enlisted in the U.S. Army and started his training at Ft. Meade, South Dakota. In July 1944, he arrived in England and his rank was moved to Staff Sergeant. Sergeant Baker served in the army from January 14, 1939 until September 1, 1944. He was killed in action in Thionville, France.
Sergeant Baker was buried in the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in France. Fred W.T. Baker was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. Information from this entry was provided by Dorothy Wheeler, sister of Staff Sergeant Fred W.T. Baker.
Info below provided by Member 48021049 Silver Star The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Fred William Theodore Baker (ASN: 6864208), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action as a member of Troop B, 3d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) on 1 September 1944 in Thionville, France. Staff Sergeant Baker was on an advance reconnaissance mission with his platoon which was attempting to capture a bridge that the enemy was trying to destroy. On receiving word that his platoon commander, who was across the bridge, was seriously injured, Staff Sergeant Baker drove across in his vehicle, dismounted in utter disregard for his own personal safety, to assist the commander, and take charge of the platoon. While so engaged Staff Sergeant Baker was shot and mortally wounded. Staff Sergeant Baker's display of courage was an inspiration to all around him and was in keeping with the highest military traditions.Action Date: September 1, 1944Service: Army Air ForcesRank: Staff SergeantCompany: Troop BBattalion: 3d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)