|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1916|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1944, Northern Mariana Islands|
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944. On 7 July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. During the early stages of this attack, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but he insisted on remaining in the line and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out. Without ammunition and with his own weapon battered to uselessness from hand-to-hand combat, he was carried about 50 yards to the rear by a comrade, who was then himself wounded. When last seen alive, Sgt. Baker was propped against a tree, pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe. Later Sgt. Baker's body was found in the same position, gun empty, with 8 Japanese lying dead before him. His deeds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army. (bio by: Eamonn)
Note: Entered the service from New York.
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: F, 162
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Eamonn
Record added: Dec 18, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8192906
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