Wilder D. Baker

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Wilder DuPuy Baker
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Born (1890-07-22)July 22, 1890
Topeka, Kansas
Died November 10, 1975(1975-11-10) (aged 85)
Bay City, Michigan
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1910-1952
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held USS North Carolina
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Cold War
Awards Navy Cross
Silver Star
Legion of Merit

Wilder DuPuy Baker (July 22, 1890 - November 10, 1975) was a highly decorated United States Navy Vice admiral, who received a Navy Cross for his actions during World War II.[1]

Early life

Wilder DuPuy Baker was born on July 22, 1890 in Topeka, Kansas as a son of local newspaperman and grandson of Topeka editor Floyd Perry Baker. He attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and graduated in 1914 with the rank of Ensign. Baker subsequently attended the Submarine School in New London, Connecticut, where he was trained in submarine warfare.

With the outbreak of World War I, Baker served with submarine units in the European waters. After the war, Baker was assigned to the submarine USS T-2


Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Submarine Warfare insignia
1st Row Navy Cross Silver Star Legion of Merit with "V" Device
2nd Row Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device Navy Presidential Unit Citation with one star Navy Unit Citation
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal with Escort Clasp Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal American Defense Service Medal with Atlantic Clasp
4th Row American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver and one bronze service stars World War II Victory Medal
5th Row Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars


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