The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
BAKER, JOHN F., JR.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then
Pfc.), U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place
and date: Republic of Vietnam, 5 November 1966. Entered service at: Moline,
Ill. Born: 30 October 1945, Davenport, lowa.
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
2 enemy bunkers. When his comrade was mortally wounded, Sgt. Baker, spotting 4 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 2
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 single-handedly
destroyed 1 bunker before the other soldier was wounded. Seizing his fallen comrade's
machinegun, 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 1 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 2 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.