Baker, Edward Lee, Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain (Infantry)
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1899-1902, 1542, 49th Infantry Division
Service Years
1882 - 1902


Captain (Infantry)

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Baker, Edward Lee, Jr. (MOH), CPT USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Platte River, Wyoming
Last Address
Los Angeles, California

Date of Passing
Aug 26, 1913
Location of Interment
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery - Los Angeles, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 3, Lot 130, Grave 2 SE

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US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

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Medal of Honor RecipientsCongressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1898, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1898, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

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Edward Lee Baker, Jr. (December 28, 1865, Laramie County, Wyoming - August 26, 1913, Los Angeles) was an African-American United States Army Sergeant Major received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Spanish-American War. While under fire, he rescued a wounded soldier from drowning. He was promoted to the rank of Captain after the war and put in command of the 49th Infantry. He retired in 1902, after 20 years of military service. Captain Baker is interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery Los Angeles, California. His grave can be found in section 3, lot 130, grave 2 SE. Baker is the maternal grandfather of legendary Jazz saxophonist and Oscar-nominee Dexter Gordon; father to Dexter's mother, Gwendolyn Baker. Medal of Honor citationRank and Organization: Sergeant Major, 10th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898. Birth: Laramie County, Wyoming. Date of Issue: July 3, 1902.

Citation:  Left cover and, under fire, rescued a wounded comrade from drowning.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
9th Cavalry1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry 49th Infantry Division
  1882-1887, 803, 9th Cavalry
  1887-1898, 803, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry
  1899-1902, 1542, 49th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of San Juan Hill
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