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Thomas Alexander Baker, Jr.

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

 

Born:  June 25, 1916 at Troy, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Troy, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 19 - July 7, 1944 at Saipai, Mariana Islands

Died:  July 12, 1944 at the age of 28

When his 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.

 

 

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