Baker, Willy Scott, MRC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MR-0000-Machinery Repairman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinery Repairman
Primary Unit
1966-1966, MR-0000, PCFDIV-102/PCF-77
Service Years
1945 - 1966
MR-Machinery Repairman
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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Buffalo, TN
Last Address
Buffalo, TN

Casualty Date
Nov 15, 1966
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Seaside Memorial Park Mausoleum - Corpus Christi, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 072

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 Duty Stations
Coastal Surveillance Force (TF-115)
  1966-1966, MR-0000, PCFDIV-102/PCF-77
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  1945-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1960-1966 Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity
Boat sank and was destroyed when swamped off the South Vietnam coast, near Hue, it had been hit by a 30 foot wave, in monsoon weather, with two (2) crewmen and one (1) navy passenger lost, 15 November 1966. The crew had been attempting to rescue a swept overboard crewman, from PCF 22, who was later rescued.

Loss of PCF 77
On 15 November, while attempting to cross the bar and enter Hue harbor, PCF 22 lost one man overboard. PCF-77, also in the area, maneuvered to assist in rescue operations, broached and upended in the heavy seas, promptly sinking in 13 feet of water.

Helicopters in the area picked up seven people in the water, two of whom, Chief Machinery Repairman W. S. ; BAKER, U.S. Navy and Boatswain's Mate Third Class Harry B. BROCK, U.S. Navy, were dead. The man overboard from PCF 22 was picked up by his own craft. Radioman Third Class B. A. TIMMONS, U.S. Navy, who was believed to be below decks at the time the boat capsized, was not recovered, and was listed as missing, presumed dead.

At the time of the incident, PCF 77 was outside the surfline, standing by to assist PCF 22 as required. The Officer- in-Charge of PCF 77, LTJG David G. WILBOURNE, U.S. Navy, had previously ordered all hands into lifejackets, and was at the helm. About 20 seconds after the man was reported safely aboard PCF 22, a wave, estimated to be  25 to 30 feet high, lifted the stern of PCF 77 and drove the bow into the trough. The SWIFT board flipped end over end. The pilot house almost immediately filled with water, although all doors and windows had been secured on the orders of the OinC. The survivors exited through the port pilot house door, which had sprung.

As the boat rapidly filled, LTJG WILBOURNE was responsible for rescuing one man from the stricken craft, and CHIEF BAKER, a qualified diver, was last seen entering the after compartment where Petty Officer TIMMONS was believed to be trapped. One and one-half minutes after upending, PCF 77 sank, keel up. Security elements were provided by the Marine Corps, and the Salvagemaster of Harbor Clearance Unit One was dispatched to the scene. The bow section of PCF 77 was washed ashore 2500 yards north of the Hue River  mouth. The rest of the boat broke up, and HCU-1 Salvagemaster reported that a salvage attempt could not be effected.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Year Awarded
1966
 
Details behind Award:
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
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Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Chief Machinery Repairman Willy Scott Baker (NSN: 2963599), United States Navy, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) for heroism while helping his shipmates escape from capsized Patrol Craft Fast SEVENTY-SEVEN (PCF-77), at the entrance of Thuan An River at Hue,

Republic of Vietnam, on 15 November 1966.
General Orders: All Hands (November 1967)
Action Date: November 15, 1966
Service: Navy
   
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