Paul G. Baker
|Paul Gerald Baker|
February 20, 1910|
|Died||May 7, 1942
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1929–1942|
|Rank||Lieutenant, junior grade|
|Unit||Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2)|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of the Coral Sea
Paul Gerald Baker was born on 20 February 1910 in Joy, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 12 December 1929. From 1935, he served with aviation activities and units, and rose through the enlisted ranks to Aviation Chief Radioman. On 14 April 1942, while serving with Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) on board the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), he was appointed Lieutenant, junior grade, for temporary service.
Baker 's heroism and devotion to duty at Coral Sea won him the posthumous award of the Navy Cross.
During World War II, the destroyer escort USS Paul G. Baker (DE-755) was named for Baker. Her construction was cancelled in 1944. The destroyer escort USS Paul G. Baker (DE-642), in commission from 1944 to 1947, was then named in his honor.