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World War I - U.S. Army

Albert E Baesel

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 148th Infantry,
    37th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 27, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Ivry, France

Upon hearing that a squad leader of his platoon had been severely wounded while attempting to capture an enemy machine-gun 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 permision having been reluctantly given, due to the heavy artillery, rifle, and machine-gun 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Albert E. Baesel
Medal of Honor Recipient Albert E. Baesel
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Berea, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: March 21, 1890, Berea, Cuyahoga County, OH, United States
  • Died: September 27, 1918, France
  • Buried: Woodvale Union Cemetery (MH) (7-31), Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Location of Medal: American Legion Post 91, Berea, OH

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