Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Born: January 01, 1907 at
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Akron, OH
01, 1943 at the age of 36
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism August 01,
1943 at Ploesti, Rumania
Colonel Baker led his B-24 bomber group on an extremely
hazardous low-level attack against enemy oil refineries at
Ploesti, Rumania on August 1, 1943. Approaching the target, his
B-24 was seriously damaged and set afire. Although flying over
terrain suitable for landing, he refused to jeopardize the
mission of the group and battled his way to the target, bombing
it with devastating effect. Only then did he leave formation,
avoiding other aircraft with superb airmanship; but his valiant
attempts to gain sufficient altitude for the crew to bail out
were unavailing. Colonel Baker and his crew were killed when the
flaming aircraft crashed.
(NOTES: Other Medals of Honor awarded for the Ploesti bombing
raid included: Lloyd Hughes, John Jerstad, John Kane, and Leon