KENNETH A BAKER
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

KENNETH ALVIN BAKER

WALL NAME

KENNETH A BAKER

PANEL / LINE

38W/32

DATE OF BIRTH

10/02/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/22/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEW BEDFORD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bristol County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH ALVIN BAKER
POSTED ON 10.2.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Staff Sergeant Kenneth Alvin Baker, Served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 10.28.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR STAFF SERGEANT BAKER,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRY UNIT LEADER. SEMPER FI. HALLOWEEN IS APPROACHING, AND ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS' DAYS - THE DAYS WE HONOR THOSE WHO LEFT US. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 11.22.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Kenneth Alvin Baker (MCSN: 1471002), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 22 November 1968, while participating in Operation MEADE RIVER southwest of DaNang, Company D came under intense small arms and 60-mm. mortar fire from a large well-concealed North Vietnamese Army force. The forward elements of the company sustained numerous casualties as they advanced across open rice paddies, and rapidly assessing the situation, Staff Sergeant Baker established a landing zone and provided security for the treatment of the injured Marines. Skillfully directing his men to provide covering fire for the withdrawing elements, he fearlessly maneuvered from one squad to another, giving instructions to his men and supervising the movement of the wounded to the landing zone. Although painfully injured by fragments of a mortar round which exploded nearby, he diligently continued to move about the fire-swept area, assisting the casualties to more covered positions and directing defensive fire. While engaged in these selfless tasks, he was mortally wounded by enemy sniper fire. His heroic action and sincere concern for the welfare of his injured comrades were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. By his courage, resolute determination and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Baker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: 22-Nov-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 1.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear SSGT Kenneth Alvin Baker, sir,

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

Curt Carter

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POSTED ON 5.1.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Kenneth is buried at St Mary's Cemetery in Dartmouth, MA. SS PH
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