|Benjamin F. Baker|
Benjamin F. Baker
|Born||March 12, 1862|
|Died||May 19, 1927(aged 65)|
|Place of birth||Dennis Port, Massachusetts|
|Place of death||Dennis Port, Massachusetts|
|Place of burial||Swan Lake Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1885 - 1915|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Benjamin Franklin Baker was born on March 12, 1862 at Dennis Port, Massachusetts. He joined the navy in 1885, and served in the Spanish-American War on board USS Nashville. On May 11, 1898, while serving as a Coxswain, he was one of several men who took part in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba. For his "extraordinary bravery and coolness" under enemy fire during this operation, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Baker retired from the navy with the rank of Chief Master-at-Arms in 1915. He died on May 19, 1927 at Dennis Port, Massachusetts and was buried at Swan Lake Cemetery in the same city.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: March 12, 1862, Dennisport, Mass. G.O. No.: 521, July 7, 1899.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Baker set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
- Naval Historical Center (2006-03-23). "US People - Baker, Benjamin F.". Online Library. http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-b/b-baker.htm. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
- "Benjamin F. Baker". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8150935. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
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