Baker, Edward Jeffrey, EN3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
EN-0000-Engineman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Engineman
Primary Unit
1969-1970, EN-0000, Strike Assault Boat Squadron 20 (STABRON 20)/STAB-712
Service Years
1965 - 1970
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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rapid City, IL
Last Address
Rapid City, IL

Casualty Date
Apr 03, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Kien Tuong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cordova Cemetery - Cordova, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 086

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USS Arlington (AGMR-2)Strike Assault Boat Squadron 20 (STABRON 20)
  1966-1968, EN-0000, USS Arlington (AGMR-2)
  1969-1970, EN-0000, Strike Assault Boat Squadron 20 (STABRON 20)/STAB-712
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  1969-1970 Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity

On 03 April a Strike Assault Boat (STAB) of STABRON 20 was in WBGP near the north bank of the Grand Canal at WS 947 765, approximately 20 kilometers west of Ap Bac. The boat was hidden in a dense treeline port side to the north bank with rain falling and sheet lightning illuminating the area. At 020010H [sic] the boat crew heard movement on the opposite bank, breaking twigs and voices talking. The boat captain was requesting clearance to take the movement under fire when the enemy initiated the attack. All the other boat crew members were manning their weapons ready for unrestricted combat. The enemy launched a veritable barrage of B-40 rockets and heavy automatic weapons (A/W) fire. The boat received three B-40 rocket hits almost simultaneously which killed three crewmembers immediately and wounded one other member of the crew. The boat lost all communications, but due to the communications conducted prior to the attack, Seawolves [armed helos from HA(L)-3] were enroute and arrived on the scene in less than ten minutes. After the enemy attack, the boat broke WBGP using the one engine still in commission. One crewmember returned fire while another crewman controlled the boat proceeding to join ATC-1 at a WBGP at WS951764. The one wounded crewman was transferred to the ATC and medevaced by helo.

The three men killed were 

  • Fireman Joseph D. Johns
  • GMG3 George R Crabtree
  • EN3 Edward J Baker

An inspection of the STAB after the above action indicated that the boat had been hit by two B-40 rockets. One rocket penetrated the forward starboard side near the waterline and detonated adjacent to the forward fuel bladder such that fragments penetrated the fuel bladder which self-sealad. The second B-40 detonated on the starboard side amidships dishing in the hull, ceramic armor and penetrating the ballistic blanket with fragments apparently crossing the cockpit and penetrating the port ballistic blanket and the port hull. 

The inspection report further specified that "another possible recoilless round detonated stbd hull penetrating ballistic blanket and the port hull after portion of stbd cockpit severing and causing extensive damage to control cables from instrument panel to stbd engine rendering stbd engine inoperative.

The inspection report cacicluded that from the B-40 rocket which detonated adjacent to the fuel bladder, it is evident that the combination of the ceramic armor and foam helped absorb the detonation, and the foam-filled fuel bladder prevented a gasoline explosion by self-sealing. In the amidships ara, the combined ceramic armor and the ballistic blanket reduced the penetration fan of fragments, but did not stop them entirely.

This was the first STAB damaged so extensively in an engagement with the enemy.

U. S. Naval Forces, Vietnam Monthly Historical Summary for April 1970

   
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