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William Douglas BAKER

William Douglas BAKER[1, 2, 3]

Male 1914 - 1945  (30 years)

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  • Name William Douglas BAKER 
    Born 18 Aug 1914  Stamford, Jones, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Feb 1945  Digdig, Luzon, Philippines Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William Douglas Baker was always known as Doug to his family. Douglas was born in north central Texas in the city of Stamford. He graduated from Stamford High School. Douglas then graduated from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He obtained an officer's commission through the ROTC program and was a member of the Scabbard and Blade military honor society. Immediately upon graduation from law school in 1942 Douglas went on active duty and was assigned to the 89th Artillery Battalion, a unit of the 25th Infantry Division. The 25th Division saw action at Guadalcanal, New Georgia and the Philippines.

      The following is an account of Captain Baker's service in the Philippines:

      When the fighting began in San Manuel, 100 miles north of Manila, Baker was an artillery liaison officer for the 25th Infantry Division which had fought so valiantly from Guadalcanal to the Luzon. The foe proved stubborn and persistent there at San Manuel and Baker?s outfit threw everything they had into support of the ?Tropic Lightning? doughboys.

      One day in counterattack the Japanese stormed against the captain?s position. A force of 110 infantrymen with a vanguard of 20 tanks made their way to within 200 yards. It looked like overwhelming odds. Captain Baker, under direct enemy machinegun and 47 mm. tank fire, stayed at his post and so skillfully did he direct his artillery that ten of the approaching tanks were put out of action before they could reach American lines.

      The citation awarding a Silver Star for that day?s action read in part: The great courage and initiative displayed by Captain Baker aided materially in the repulse of the counterattack without loss of ground to our forces.

      Later, while his unit was engaging the enemy some ten miles north of San Jose, the captain was trying to bring his fire upon enemy positions concealed in the hills when his own position was discovered by the Japanese. In the heavy mortar fire that followed Baker died at his post.

      William Douglas Baker was survived by his wife and daughter.

    • Captain in the US Army's 89th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. He was killed on February 24, 1945 on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. He was awarded a purple heart and Silver Star. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Date of enlistment 24 Mar 1942.
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1215  Prichard - Thompson Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2016 

    Father William Montgomery BAKER,   b. 27 Aug 1890, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1963, McDonald, Jasper, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mattie Lee STEVENSON,   b. 12 Mar 1897, Abilene, Taylor, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1932, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1913  Stamford, Jones, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William and Mattie divorced sometime between 1920 and 1930 likely in Newark, New Jersey. As of 1930 Mattie and the two children had returned to Stamford, Texas and William M had moved to Jasper Co., Missouri with wife #2 Billie Nora.
    Family ID F1788  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Betty Louise PRICHARD,   b. 20 Sep 1917, Bartlesville, Washington, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 2016, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1939  Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Documents
    William Douglas Baker - Betty Prichard marriage
    William Douglas Baker - Betty Prichard marriage
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Aug 1914 - Stamford, Jones, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Aug 1939 - Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Feb 1945 - Digdig, Luzon, Philippines Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    1920 US Federal Census - William M Baker
    1920 US Federal Census - William M Baker
    Year: 1920; Census Place: Irvington Ward 3, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1030; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 68; Image: 480.
    1930 US Federal Census - Mattie Stevenson
    1930 US Federal Census - Mattie Stevenson
    Year: 1930; Census Place: Stamford, Jones, Texas; Roll: 2365; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 264.0; FHL microfilm: 2342099.
    1940 US Federal Census - Charles A Prichard
    1940 US Federal Census - Charles A Prichard
    Year: 1940; Census Place: Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Roll: T627_3349; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 79-39A.
    William Douglas Baker US Army Interment Form
    William Douglas Baker US Army Interment Form
    Interment Control Forms, 1928–1962. Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.
    Charles Abel Prichard Jr. descendants
    Charles Abel Prichard Jr. descendants
    Believed to have been compiled by son, Neal Prichard.

    Headstones
    William D Baker
    William D Baker
    Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] 1920 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920.) (Reliability: 2).
      Year: 1920; Census Place: Irvington Ward 3, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1030; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 68; Image: 480.

    2. [S13] 1930 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.) (Reliability: 2).
      Year: 1930; Census Place: Stamford, Jones, Texas; Roll: 2365; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 264.0; FHL microfilm: 2342099.

    3. [S14519] 1940 US Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.) (Reliability: 2).
      Year: 1940; Census Place: Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Roll: T627_3349; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 79-39A.