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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

John Franklin Baker Jr.

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant (rank at time of action: Private First Class)
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry,
    25th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 5, 1966
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Dau Tieng, Republic of Vietnam
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. En route to assist another unit that was engaged with the enemy, Company A came under intense enemy fire and the lead man was killed instantly. Sgt. Baker immediately moved to the head of the column and together with another soldier knocked out two enemy bunkers. When his comrade was mortally wounded, Sgt. Baker, spotting four Viet Cong snipers, killed all of them, evacuated the fallen soldier, and returned to lead repeated assaults against the enemy positions, killing several more Viet Cong. Moving to attack two additional enemy bunkers, he and another soldier drew intense enemy fire and Sgt. Baker was blown from his feet by an enemy grenade. He quickly recovered and singlehandedly destroyed one bunker before the other soldier was wounded. Seizing his fallen comrade's machine gun, Sgt. Baker charged through the deadly fusillade to silence the other bunker. He evacuated his comrade, replenished his ammunition, and returned to the forefront to brave the enemy fire and continue the fight. When the forward element was ordered to withdraw, he carried one wounded man to the rear. As he returned to evacuate another soldier, he was taken under fire by snipers, but raced beyond the friendly troops to attack and kill the snipers. After evacuating the wounded man, he returned to cover the deployment of the unit. His ammunition now exhausted, he dragged two more of his fallen comrades to the rear. Sgt. Baker's selfless heroism, indomitable fighting spirit, and extraordinary gallantry were directly responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades, and inflicting serious damage on the enemy. His acts were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

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Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 1, 1968

    The White House (East Ballroom), presented by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Born: October 30, 1945, Davenport, Scott County, IA, United States
  • Died: January 20, 2012, Columbia, SC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, United States
 
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