Baker, Richard H. Jr.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Baker Jr.

(first name): Richard

(middle name): Henry

Date of birth

(month): July

(day): 8th

(year): 1897

Place of Birth

(town): Norfolk

(county): Norfolk

(state): Virginia

(country): USA

Name of father: Dr. B.M. Baker

Birthplace (country): USA

Maiden name of mother: Potts

Birthplace (country): USA

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: WHITE

Citizen (Yes or no):

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Church (denomination): Episcopalian

Married: No

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College Fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega & Lamda Pi.

Previous military service or training: None

Education

(Preparatory): Episcopal High School

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Education

(University): University of Virginia

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Occupation before entry into service: Student

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Residence before entry into the service

(street number): W. Freemason St.

(town): Norfolk, Va.

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Present home address

(street number): Same as above

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date): enlisted June 6, 1917

at (place): New york City

as a (rank): Stretcher bearer

in the: Medical Corps

section of the : Regular Army

Identification number: 8073

Assigned originally to

(company): Ambulance Co 10

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Trained or stationed before going to Europe:-

School, camp, station, ship: Allentown, Pa.

From (date): June 20th

to (date): Aug. 7.

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Company: S S U 517

Regiment: U.Va. Section

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Company: D Hdqtrs

Regiment: Bn. G.H.Q.

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Promoted:-

From (rank): Always just a private

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Embarked from (port): Hoboken N.J.

on (ship): San Jacinto

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and arrived at (foreign port): St. Nazaire

(date): Aug. 21, 1917

Proceeded from : St. Nazaire

to: Paris

(date): Sept. 25, 1917

From: Paris

to: Alsace

(date): Nov. 1st. 1917

From: Alsace

to: Belgium

(date): April 1st. 1918 Belgium to Hospital (Good bye front, SOS from now on.)

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place): Alsace

(date): Nov. 5th 1917

Participated in the following engagements: Only Major Engagement May 5th to 25th at Kennel Hill in Belgium

Cited, decorated, or otherwise honored for distinguished services (give circumstantial accounts of exploits, including dates and places where performed, also by whom and in what manner the honors were bestowed): : Croix de Guerre Evacuating with ambulance from first line trench under heavy bombardment.

Killed in action, killed by accident, died of wounds, died of disease, wounded, gassed, shell-shocked, taken prisoner:

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Under medical care:-

Name of hospital: A.R.C.H. No 2

Location: Paris

From (date): May 26th

to (date): 30th 1918

Name of hospital: Base Hospt. No 8

Location: Savanay

From (date): June 2nd

to (date): July 15th 1918

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Permanently disabled (through loss of limb, eyesight, etc.) (specify disability): Bad hip still have trouble no disability

Arrived at (American port): Boston

on (ship): Canada

Date: Jan. 21, 1919

(from): Brest

Discharged from service at (place): Camp Devens

(date): Jan 25th 1919

as a (rank): Private

RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Student of Theology.

If a change of occupation was occasioned by reason of disability acquired in the service, describe the process of re-education and readjustment, and indicate the agencies or individuals chiefly instrumental in furnishing the new occupations::

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What was your attitude toward military service in general and toward your call in particular?: My duty

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United States upon yourself -- mental and physical?: I onlly had six weeks of it, mentally I was tired of it and wanted to get away as soon as possible. Good physical condition.

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?: Satisfaction on the front while S.O.S. was awful

What effects, if any, did your experience have on your religious belief?: I'm sure that God seemed nearer to us all.

If you took part in the fighting, what impressions were made upon you by this experience?: Did not fight just drove ambulance.

What has been the effect of all these experiences as contrasted with your state of mind before the war?: I know a lot more about a human being & possibly I do not trust him as much.

Photographs-- If possible enclose one taken before entering the service and one taken afterwards in uniform, both signed and dated.

Additional data:

Signed at (place): Norfolk, Va.

on (date): Sept. 15

year: 1919

(full name): Richard Henry Baker

(rank): Pvt.

(branch of service): Ambulance with French.

The information contained in this record, unless otherwise indicated, was obtained from the following persons or sources:: I can remember this much.

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