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Melvin Arthur Baldwin
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Birth: Apr. 22, 1922
Todd County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1964
Wadena County
Minnesota, USA

BM2 Melvin Baldwin lay asleep two decks below when an explosion occurred on the USCGC Escanaba. Blown out of his bunk he headed topside but found it difficult due to the extensive structural damage. Melvin was one of the few lucky men from below to reach the deck. He reached the main deck but the ship settled so fast that as he headed forward, water struck him from behind and sucked him down with the ship. He managed to swim to the surface and saw a few men on a strongback a hundred yards away. O'Malley, Baldwin, Seaman George Gmeiner, Ensign Daniel Davis, and the commanding officer LCDR Carl Peterson all made it to the floating wreckage. Melvin enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1940 and was assigned to the South Haven station in 1941 and then assigned to the USCGC Escanaba in 1942 during World War II. It is believed the Escanaba was sunk by a German U-boat in the north Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland in June 1943. Out of a crew of 103, Melvin Baldwin and Raymond O'Malley were the only survivors. After his discharge from the Coast Guard as a Boatswain 1st Class, Mr. Baldwin enlisted in the United States Air Force. Before the war, the Escanaba's home port was Grand Haven, Michigan. A memorial for the Escanaba has been held each year since 1943 during the annual U.S. Coast Guard Festival at Grand Haven. 
 
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 Parents:
  Arthur James Baldwin (1891 - 1966)
  Cora Ellen Judd Baldwin (1893 - 1963)
 
 Sibling:
  Robert Earl Baldwin (1919 - 1938)*
  Melvin Arthur Baldwin (1922 - 1964)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Hill Cemetery
Staples
Wadena County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 6 New North Lot 36
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Sep 17, 2005
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Melvin Arthur Baldwin
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