World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War I in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the 148th Infantry, 37th Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Ivoiry, France, on September 27, 1918. His citation reads "Upon hearing that a squad leader of his platoon had been severely wounded while attempting to capture an enemy machinegun nest about 200 yards in advance of the assault line and somewhat to the right, 2d Lt. Baesel requested permission to go to the rescue of the wounded corporal. After thrice repeating his request and permission having been reluctantly given, due to the heavy artillery, rifle, and machinegun fire, and heavy deluge of gas in which the company was at the time, accompanied by a volunteer, he worked his way forward, and reaching the wounded man, placed him upon his shoulders and was instantly killed by enemy fire". The soldier he rescued was Cpl. Sterling Ryan. Lt. Baesel was one of 3 soldiers from Ohio to be awarded the CMOH in World War I. His Medal was issued in 1922.
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