Edward L. Baker, Jr.

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Edward Lee Baker, Jr.
Edward L. Baker (MOH).jpg
Edward Baker in the uniform
of the United States Volunteers
Born (1865-12-28)December 28, 1865
Laramie County, Wyoming
Died August 26, 1913(1913-08-26) (aged 47)
Los Angeles, California
Place of burial Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery Los Angeles, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1882 - 1901, 1902 - 1909
Rank Captain
Unit 10th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Edward Lee Baker, Jr. (December 28, 1865, Laramie County, Wyoming – August 26, 1913, Los Angeles) was an African-American United States Army Sergeant Major received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Spanish-American War — while under fire, he rescued a wounded soldier from drowning.

He is interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery Los Angeles, California. His grave can be found in section 3, lot 130, grave 2 SE.[1]

Baker is the maternal grandfather of jazz saxophonist and Oscar nominee Dexter Gordon. He was the father of Gordon's mother, Gwendolyn Baker.

Military career[edit]

Baker enlisted as a trumpeter in July 1882, and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major in the Regular Army. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant of the 10 US Volunteer Infantry in August 1898, and promoted to Captain of the 49th US Volunteer Infantry a year later, mustering out with the regiment in June 1901. He was re-commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Philippine Scouts in February 1902, and permanently left the Army with the rank of Captain in 1909. [2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and Organization: Sergeant Major, 10th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898. Birth: Laramie County, Wyoming. Date of Issue: July 3, 1902.


Left cover and, under fire, rescued a wounded comrade from drowning.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Edward L. Baker, Jr.". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  2. ^ Official Army Register, 1909
  3. ^ "MOH Citation for Edward Baker". HomeofHeroes.com. Retrieved 2006-12-04.