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Edward Lee Baker, Jr.



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Angelus-Rosedale Memorial Park

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Born:  December 28, 1865 at Platte River, WY

Entered Service in the US Army from Cincinnati, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism July 01, 1898 at Santiago, Cuba

Died:  August 26, 1913 at the age of 47

As the American infantry and cavalry moved into position for the assault on San Juan and Kettle Hills near Santiago, Cuba, Sergeant Major Baker took cover from the enemy fire on the far side of the crossing point known as "Bloody Ford". When Bakers commander, Colonel T.A. Baldwin was knocked from his horse and wounded by enemy fire, Bell ran to rescue him but was ordered back when Baldwin shouted, "I'm alright. Get back and rally the men." Returning to his position, Baker heard screams from the river and turned to see Private Marshall, one of his soldiers, had been wounded and fallen into the river where he was being dragged down by his heavy pack. Ignoring the heavy rain of enemy fire around him, including one shell that passed "so close I could feel the heat", Baker ran to rescue his soldier. Wounded twice in the arm, Baker ignored his pain and continued until he had rescued his soldier from drowning, and pulled him to safety. He then removed Private Marshall for treatment, while ignoring his own wounds to return to the battle.



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