Baker, Gerald Wallace, WT1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1944-1945, WT-0000, USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774)
Service Years
1939 - 1945
WT-Water Tender
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Atlanta, IL
Last Address
Atlanta, IL
(Parents~Mr & Mrs Lewis N. Baker)

Casualty Date
May 11, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Atlanta Cemetery - Atlanta, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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US Navy
  1939-1944, WT-0000, USS Clark (DD-361)
  1944-1945, WT-0000, USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 08, 1939, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  Nov 12, 1939, Received on the USS CLark (DL/DD-361)
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to WT2c
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted to WT1c
  Mar 03, 1944, Transferred to Naval Station Balboa Canal Zone for Transport to US
  Nov 25, 1944, Received on USS Hadley (DD-774)
  Nov 25, 1944, Commissioning Crew of USS Hadley (DD-774)
  May 11, 1945, Reported Killed In Action on USS Hadley
  May 11, 2016, General Photos2
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Last Known Activity
Gerald Baker and his brother Friend, enlisted in the navy in 1939. They were together until last year when they were separated by a navy order, transferring brothers to different ships. Friend Baker also has the ranking of water tender first class and the two brothers recently met for a brief visit in a Pacific port.

Hugh W. Hadley was soon on her way back to Okinawa, however, and arrived from Saipan 27 April to resume her outer patrol. For the next few days the destroyer fought off numerous air raids, picked up a downed fighter pilot, and carried out antisubmarine patrol. She went alongside destroyer USS Brown (DD-546) 1 May for transfer of communication equipment, and then took up additional duties as a fighter direction ship for the Combat Air Patrols, so vital to the invasion's air cover.

As radar picket ships were scarce, Hugh W. Hadley was assigned this duty on the afternoon of 10 May. Joining destroyer Evans (DD-552) and four smaller craft, she took station 15 west of Okinawa and early the next morning began vectoring aircraft to meet the oncoming Japanese. For nearly 2 hours the morning of 11 May, Hugh W. Hadley and Evans came under severe attack, as the Japanese mounted their sixth attack against American forces at Okinawa. Both ships maneuvered at high speed, downing many suicide planes and directing air attacks on formations of Japanese. The attackers numbered some 150 planes. After Evans took several serious hits and went dead in the water about 0900, Hugh W. Hadley fought on alone. At 0920, she was attacked by 10 planes simultaneously, from both ahead and astern. The ship destroyed all 10, but not without damage to herself. One bomb hit aft, a Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka hit, and two kamikaze crashes were inflicted on the ship as her gunners ran low on ammunition. Finally, as the attack ended, all but 50 of the crew were ordered over the side in life rafts, the remaining men fighting fires and working to control the damage. Though her engineering spaces were flooded and she was badly holed, Hugh W. Hadley was kept afloat by the determination and skill of her damage control parties and eventually arrived at Ie Shima. The attack took the lives of 30 crew members.
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