Baker, Charles Oakes, II, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Ordnance Corps
Last Primary MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 55D, 85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
Service Years
1951 - 1968

Sergeant First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cousins Island, ME
Last Address
Cousins Island, ME

Casualty Date
Jun 15, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Accidental Self-Destruction
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverside Cemetery - Yarmouth, Maine
Wall/Plot Coordinates
57W 022

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Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
1st Logistical Command
  1967-1968, 55D, 45th General Support Group, Army Support Command, Qui Nhon
  1967-1968, 55D, 85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity

SFC Charles Oakes Baker II was killed on 15 June 1968. SFC Baker was assigned to the 85th Ordnance Detachment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). SFC Baker and SP4 Stanford were clearing the 4th Division grenade range at South Gate, Camp Enari, Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam. Four dud M26 HE fragmentation hand grenades were reported to the EOD unit. SFC Baker led the way onto the grenade range. SFC Baker picked up one of the dud hand grenade and then turned to face SP4 Stanford. The grenade functioned in SFC Baker's hands. It was suspected the grenade might have had a hung striker and functioned when it was moved. The explosion instantly killed SFC Baker and SP4 Stanford received between 200 to 250 fragmentation wounds to his body. SP4 Stanford was seriously wounded and was evacuated to the United States where he recovered from his wounds.


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