Baesel, Albert Edward, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1912 - 1918


Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 27, 1918
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
Woodvalle Cemetery - Middleburg, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: sec 7 lot 31 6

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War I FallenMedal of Honor RecipientsThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorPost 91
Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1918, World War I Fallen
  1918, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1918, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1919, American Legion, Post 91 (Quartermaster) (Berea , Ohio) - Chap. Page
  1922, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
ARNG, Ohio1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment
  1912-1917, 521, Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) Ohio
  1917-1918, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
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Last Known Activity

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.


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