Baker, Wilder, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1949-1952, 11th Naval District
Service Years
1914 - 1952
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1890
 
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Home Town
Topeka, Kansas and Bay City, Michigan
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Nov 10, 1975
 
Location of Interment
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Naval Order of the United States
  1945, Naval Order of the United States


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Vice Admiral Wilder DuPuy BAKER, U.S.N.
 
WWII Chief of Staff to Admiral John S. McCain
namesake of Admiral Baker Field in San Diego


Service record

1910-1914
1914-1916
1917-1918
1918-1919
1922-1923
Midshipman
Ensign
LTjg
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
United States Naval Academy
Naval Sea Units
Submarine School New London
Submarine Service during WWI
T-2 (SS-60/SF-2) submarine duty
1923-1-11
Lieutenant
Commander, S-11 (SS-116) submarine duty
1923-7-14
Lieutenant Commander, S-13 (SS-118) submarine duty
1925 Lieutenant Commander USS Kidder (DD-319)
1932
1934
Commander 
Commander

USS Wyoming (BB-32)
Naval Attaché, London.  
To observe outbreak of anticipated war between Italy and Ethiopa.
1937-1938
1939
1939-10-1
Captain
Captain
Captain
New Haven, CT.
NROTC, Yale University
Commander, DESRON31 (Destroyer Squadron 31)
1942-3-2
Captain Commander, Antisubmarine Warfare Unit, Atlantic Fleet
1942-12-5
Captain Commander, USS North Carolina (BB-55)
1943-5-27     
Rear Admiral     
Commander, Cruiser Division 1
1944-4-14
Rear Admiral      Commander, Cruiser Division 14
1944-8-11
1945-1946
1946-1948
Rear Admiral
Rear Admiral  
Rear Admiral
Chief of staff,  Fast Carrier Task Force CTF-38
Commandant, Boston Naval Shipyard
Commandant, Service Force, Atlantic Fleet

1949-2-14
Vice Admiral      Commander, 11 Naval District, San Diego


Wilder Baker graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1914. He retired as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Admiral Wilder Baker, namesake of Admiral Baker Field in San Diego. Distinguished Member: Companions of the Naval Order, Insignia No. 03022 - the oldest, exclusively naval, American society...eleven years older than the Navy League.

Captain Wilder Dupuy Baker was the commanding officer of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) from 5 December 1942 to 27 May 1943. Early in the Second World War he helped create the Antisubmarine Warfare Operational Research Group (ASWORG). He commanded cruiser-destroyer forces in the Aleutians and amphibious forces in the invasion of Saipan. He later was chief of staff of Task Force 38 under McCain. Together with Captain "Jimmy" Thach, McCain's operations officer, they devised tactics for using picket destroyers with combat air patrols to defend against kamikaze attacks. 

In the U.S. Navy, Admiral Baker perhaps was best known as the chief of staff to Admiral John S. McCain.  

Admiral Baker (1890-1975) was among the senior officers in the theatre at the time of Japan's surrender in 1945, having led a task force that attacked the Japanese home islands. Before the U.S. entered World War II, he helped develop tactics for anti-submarine warfare while escorting American convoys to England and dodging German U-boats.  For all the wartime action he saw, it was Admiral Baker's peacetime role as the commandant of the 11th Naval District that resulted in his name being immortalized at the recreational facility located on what had been a portion of Camp Elliot.  When the postwar decision was made to designate a portion of Camp Elliot as Miramar Marine Corps Air Station and to decommission other portions of the camp, Baker urged that a portion of the facility be set aside for the recreational needs of active duty military personnel and retired members of the Armed Services. Over the ensuing decades, Miramar was turned over to the Navy, and then back to the Marine Corps, while decommissioned portions of the huge base eventually were developed into the community of Tierrasanta and left in its natural state as Mission Trails Regional Park.  

Wilder DePuy Baker retired with the rank of Vice Admiral in 1952.

   
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AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Rear Admiral Wilder DuPuy Baker (NSN: 0-8703), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Task Force NINETY-FOUR (TF-94), in the Pacific theater of operations from June 1943 to March 1944. During this period, Rear Admiral Baker operated the forces under his command under adverse weather conditions, conducting the first surface bombardment of the Japanese home islands and led the first offensive operations into the Sea of Okhotak. His courage, professional ability and outstanding leadership were responsible for the successful completion of all operations undertaken against the enemy without casualties or damage to his own forces. Rear Admiral Baker's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 01892 (May 14, 1944)
Action Date: June 1943 - March 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
Company: Commander
Division: Task Force 94

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Rear Admiral Wilder DuPuy Baker (NSN: 0-8703), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Chief of Staff to the Commander of Task Group THIRTY-EIGHT POINT ONE (TG-38.1) during the period 13 through 15 October 1944, off Formosa. Rear Admiral Baker's skillful high speed maneuvering and use of smoke by the Task Group, while interposing itself between two crippled cruisers and the major enemy air threat, enabled their successful withdrawal and eventual salvage. He resolved the problems presented by repeated and persistent air attacks and he maneuvered the Task Group with such skill and exceptional judgment that the enemy was forced to break off his attacks after suffering heavy losses. His courage and disregard for his own safety were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 13 - 15, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
Company: Chief of Staff to the Commander
Division: Task Group 38.1

Legion of Merit
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Rear Admiral Wilder DuPuy Baker (NSN: 0-8703), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Second Carrier Task Force, Pacific, from 18 August 1944 to 25 January 1945. His complete grasp of the manifold functions involved in connection with operations against the enemy in the Palau Islands, the Philippines, the Nansei Shoto Group, Formosa, and the coast of Indo-China was a vital factor in the highly efficient execution of these missions. His professional skill in maneuvering the ships of the Task Force against sustained enemy aerial attack not only was instrumental in bringing an extremely high percentage of ships unscathed through these actions, but made possible the infliction of tremendous damage on the enemy by the aircraft based on carriers in the Task Force. His diligence, indefatigable energy and devotion to duty were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Rear Admiral Baker is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 01223 (February 5, 1945)
Action Date: August 18, 1944 - January 25, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral
   
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NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUS NavyCNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval AttacheNaval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF)
NROTC (Faculty Staff)COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC/DESRON 31COMPATWING 5 (CPW-5)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Pearl Harbor Naval Ship YardCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)11th Naval District
  1917-1918, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1922-1923, USS S-11 (SS-116)
  1923-1924, USS S-13 (SS-118)
  1925-1926, USS Kidder (DD-319)
  1932-1933, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1934-1936, Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache/London
  1937-1938, Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London, CT
  1938-1939, NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1941, COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC/DESRON 31
  1941-1942, COMPATWING 5 (CPW-5)/Anti-submarine Warfare Center (ASWOC)
  1942-1943, USS North Carolina (BB-55)
  1944-1944, Commander, Battleships-Cruisers, Pacific Fleet (ComBatCruPac)
  1944-1945, CTF 38
  1945-1946, Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
  1946-1948, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander Service Force, Atlantic Fleet
  1949-1952, 11th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
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United States Naval Academy
  1910-1914, United States Naval Academy
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  Wilder Dupuy Baker and Constance North Metcalfe2
  Family stories about Admiral Baker of wartime and golfing fame
  USS Recruit (TDE-1), aka USS Neversail1
  May 14, 1944, NAVY CROSS: Wilder DuPuy Baker3
  Aug 30, 2012, General Photos
  Aug 30, 2012, UPDATE information provided by the family1
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