Edward L. Baker, Jr.
|Edward Lee Baker, Jr.|
Edward Baker in the uniform
of the United States Volunteers
December 28, 1865|
Laramie County, Wyoming
|Died||August 26, 1913
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|
|Unit||10th Cavalry Regiment|
|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.
Baker is the maternal grandfather of jazz saxophonist and Oscar nominee Dexter Gordon. He was the father of Gordon's mother, Gwendolyn Baker.
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. 
Medal of Honor citation
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.
- List of Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Spanish–American War
- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
- "MOH Citation for Edward Baker". HomeofHeroes.com. Retrieved 2006-12-04.
- "Edward L. Baker, Jr.". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
- "Edward Baker, a pioneer in the military!". The African American Registry. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
- "Honoring Soldiers from the Spanish American War". Heroes Among Us. United States Army. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
- Steven D. Smith and James A. Ziegler (editors). "Appendix B: Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, 1863-1953". A Historic Context for the African-American Military Experience. U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
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