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S1C Glenn Harold "Shorty" Baker
Birth: Apr. 30, 1923
Whitman County
Washington, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1942, At Sea

Glenn was a Seaman, First Class in the United States Navy, Service # 3934925.He entered the Service from Washington.
His final assignment was as an armed guard on the American motor tanker - Esso Williamsburg.Declared Missing in Action.
He was awarded the Purple Heart amongst other awards and medals.He is listed on the U.S. Navy Casualties - American motor tanker USS Esso Williamsburg.
He was 22 and the son of Carl Holten Baker and Ruth Ann (Carroll) Baker.
At 01.16 hours on 22 Sep, 1942. U-211 (Hause) fired a spread of two torpedoes at the unescorted Esso Williamsburg (Master John Tweed) which was steaming at 15 knots about 500 miles south of Cape Farewell, Greenland. Two hits were heard, but the tanker continued and the contact was lost due to very poor visibility, so they probably missed.At 00.26 hours on 23 September, one torpedo was fired from about 2000 yards, which struck amidships, causing a violent explosion and set the ship on fire in 53°12N/41°00W. Ten minutes later, the stern torpedo was fired but missed. At 01.05 hours, another torpedo was fired, which struck on the starboard side amidships, causing the entire ship to light up in flames. The tanker broke completely in two and U-211 left the scene with both parts of the tanker still sinking. On 3 Oct, 1942, U-254 came across an abandoned and burnt out tanker, which was the drifting wreck of Esso Williamsburg. The U-boat finished her off with two coups de grāce fired at 14.32 and 14.42 hours. None of the eight officers, 34 men and 18 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) survived the sinking, despite the observation of U-254 that all lifeboats had been launched except for one. A weak distress signal was received by a shore station, but an extensive air and sea search failed to locate any survivors or wreckage.
[Revisions February 2009 by Rainer Kolbicz]

The loss of Esso Williamsburg was earlier attributed to U-211 alone, but the sinking of an abandoned tanker by U-254 on 3 October could only have been the drifting wreck of this tanker.

Date of Death recorded as 23-Sep-44
The date of death of those who are listed as missing in action, lost or buried at sea in WWII is a presumed date of death established by a military review board, usually as a year and a day from that which the individual was placed in missing status. The incident date and the presumed date of death are then not always the same.

Family links: 
  Carl Holton Baker (1891 - 1945)
  Bernice Hattie Baker Aeschliman (1918 - 2002)*
  Paul Leonard Baker (1920 - 1996)*
  Carroll Holton Baker (1921 - 1996)*
  Glenn Harold Baker (1923 - 1942)
  Ruth Ann Baker Greene Allenbach (1926 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: Martin Douglas Packer
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56287517
S1C Glenn Harold Shorty Baker
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S1C Glenn Harold Shorty Baker
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S1C Glenn Harold Shorty Baker
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We could never have won the war without men like you. Thank you.
- Patricia O
 Added: Jun. 29, 2011
Veteran US Navy - Never to be forgotten!
- Gary Mowrey
 Added: Jan. 19, 2013
Thank you, Glenn.
- Patricia O
 Added: Aug. 6, 2011
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