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Earl Robert Baxter
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1916
Milton
Chittenden County
Vermont, USA
Death: Sep. 15, 1950, South Korea

Killed In Action, Korean War

widow: Concepcion, married in 1945 (war bride), couple had 3 young children

parents were Ethan Langford Baxter and Margie Adelia Fitch Baxter, dairy farmers in Vermont

Cv Div Inf - 1st
Cv Div Cav Regt Inf
Military Policeman



Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Earl Robert Baxter (ASN: RA-20134815), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment (Infantry), 1st Cavalry Division.

Sergeant First Class Baxter distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Taegu, Korea, on 15 September 1950. On that date, the 2d platoon of Company L had seized Hill 401 and was preparing to reorganize and establish a defensive perimeter when the enemy suddenly launched a fanatical counterattack. The platoon withstood the assault until an acute shortage of ammunition made a withdrawal inevitable.

Sergeant First Class Baxter, who had temporarily assumed command while the platoon sergeant attended a wounded man, ordered the platoon to withdraw while he remained behind to furnish covering fire. Standing fully exposed to the enemy, Sergeant Baxter placed a withering stream of fire on the on-rushing enemy horde until he was killed by an enemy grenade.

When Company L later regained the hill, Sergeant Baxter's body was found with ten enemy soldiers lying nearby, attesting to the accuracy of his fire and grim determination to prevent the enemy routing the platoon's withdrawal. Undoubtedly the enemy suffered numerous other casualties as a result of his heroic action which enabled his comrades to withdraw with minimum losses.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 328 (May 20, 1951)

Action Date: 15-Sep-50



 
 
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 Parents:
  Ethan Langford Baxter (1895 - 1960)
  Margie Adelia Fitch Baxter (1894 - 1989)
 
 Siblings:
  Earl Robert Baxter (1916 - 1950)
  Bernice Uiola Baxter Hibbard (1918 - 1992)*
  Clinton A Baxter (1919 - 2002)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Village Cemetery
Shirley
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: vabloom
Record added: Mar 30, 2013
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Earl Robert Baxter
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Earl Robert Baxter
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Earl Robert Baxter
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