b. 28/12/1865 Laramie County, Wyoming. d. 26/08/1913 Los Angeles, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 01/07/1898 Santiago, Cuba.
A notable African-American Medal of Honor recipient, Baker is also known for being the maternal grandfather of jazz saxophonist and Oscar nominee Dexter Gordon. He was the father of Gordon's mother, Gwendolyn Baker.
Baker enlisted as a trumpeter in July 1882, and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major in the Regular Army. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant of the 10 US Volunteer Infantry in August 1898, and promoted to Captain of the 49th US Volunteer Infantry a year later, mustering out with the regiment in June 1901. He was re-commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Philippine Scouts in February 1902, and permanently left the Army with the rank of Captain in 1909.
Left cover and, under fire, rescued a wounded comrade from drowning.
BURIAL LOCATION: ANGELUS-ROSEDALE CEMETERY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
Section 3, Lot 130, Grave 2 SE