Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
June 25, 1916 at Troy, NY
Service in the US Army from Troy, NY
12, 1944 at the age of 28
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
June 19 - July 7, 1944 at Saipai, Mariana
company was held up by fire from enemy positions, Sergeant Baker
took a bazooka and dashed alone to within 100 yards of the enemy
and knocked out the strong point. Days later while his company
advanced across an open field Sergeant Baker took up a position
in the rear to protect the company against surprise attack and
came upon 2 fortified enemy pockets. Without regard for superior
numbers, he unhesitatingly attacked and killed all 12 enemy.
Five hundred yards farther he discovered 6 more enemy concealed
behind our lines and destroyed all of them. On July 7 the
perimeter was attacked from 3 sides by 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese.
Sergeant Baker was wounded but insisted on remaining in the line
and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards
until his ammunition ran out. With his 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.
Sergeant Baker refused to be moved farther stating he preferred
to be left to die rather than risk the lives of any more of his
friends. Sergeant Baker insisted that he be left alone and be
given a soldier's pistol with its remaining 8 rounds of
ammunition. When last seen alive, he was propped against a tree,
pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe.