Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

George E. Baker

Merchant Marine. American

Born   1919Cleveland, OH


 Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal

Roster information listed for George E. Baker

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Matt W. RansomSteam merchantOrdinary Seaman11 Apr 1943U-117

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Award Citation for Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal:

For distinguished conduct under especially hazardous conditions.

While the crew was abandoning the sinking ship in which he served, following enemy torpedo attack, the falls of a lifeboat were fouled with the result that the boat filled with water and its occupants were thrown into the sea. The men immediately swam toward other lifeboats, but the Chief Engineer, who had only one arm, clung to the life net spread over the ship's side. All efforts to get him to another lifeboat failed, whereupon Baker voluntarily climbed down the net while the ship still had considerable headway--released the Chief Engineer--swam with him to a nearby lifeboat, and assisted him into the boat. In performing this gallant act he imperiled his own life, but managed to keep afloat until he was picked up a half hour later.

By risking his life in saving a disabled shipmate under especially hazardous conditions Baker upheld the finest traditions of the United States Merchant Marine.

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