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Albert Edward Baesel (March 21, 1890 – September 27, 1918) was an American Army officer who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions near Ivoiry, France which led to his death during World War I.
Baesel was born in Berea, Ohio in 1890 He joined the 5th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard as a private and later promoted to Corporal in the Ohio National Guard. In 1918, he resigned from the 5th Infantry and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 148th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. That same year, the 148th was federalized to serve in France.
Medal of Honor Citation: 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.
Lt. Baesel was mortally wounded while attempting to rescue Cpl. Sterling Ryan during a battle near Montfaucon, France. Soldiers under his command loved him saying he was fearless for leading raiding parties into the enemy trenches. American Legion Post 91 in Berea, Ohio which was formed in 1919, was named for Lt. Baesel as the first Ohio casualty of World War I and local hero. Baesel's Medal of Honor was awarded on December 23, 1922 to his widow Lydia.