George E. Baker
Merchant Marine. American
Roster information listed for George E. Baker
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Matt W. Ransom||Steam merchant||Ordinary Seaman||11 Apr 1943||U-117|
Award Citation for Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal:
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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