BAKER, John McAdams, LCDR

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Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2010-2012, COMDESRON 15, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
Service Years
2000 - 2012
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Contact Info
Home Town
Worthington, OH
Last Address
153 Heritage Pointe

Date of Passing
Aug 28, 2012
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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Order of the Shellback Wellness Award for the best Health Promotion Activities Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & FoundationUnited States Naval InstituteHampton Roads Chapter
  2000, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation - Assoc. Page
  2000, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Surface Navy Association, Hampton Roads Chapter (Member) (Norfolk, Virginia)

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Last Known Activity
SWOS DH, Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Department Head training. 
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Life Legacy


LCDR John McAdams Baker of Norfolk, Va., died of brain cancer Aug. 28, 2012, at the home of his mother and stepfather Barbara and Jack Brown in Williamsburg, Va. He was born Aug. 20, 1977 in Santiago, Chile. He graduated with honors from Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio, in 1996. He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and was commissioned as an ensign in 2000. John stood out as a member of 16th company and earned a letter in club lacrosse. He earned the Rear Admiral Robert W. McNitt award, recognizing the most well-rounded and capable senior midshipmen in the sailing program. Criteria for the award include skill in navigation, seamanship and leadership. He earned a master's degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 2007. 

John excelled as a Surface Warfare officer whose naval career included the maiden deployment in USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as electrical officer, three deployments in USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as weapons officer, and one deployment in USS Shoup (DDG 86) as chief engineer. During John's tour as chief engineer, USS Shoup earned its first Engineering Excellence Award. His final department head tour was as the training and readiness officer for Destroyer Squadron 15 in Yokosuka, Japan. In each of his assignments, John was a leader among leaders and inspired his subordinates, peers and seniors. The Navy recognized John's tactical acumen and inspirational example by awarding him the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and the Army Achievement Medal. 

John was an Eagle Scout with three silver palms and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. As a scout, he made two treks to the Philmont Scout Ranch and trips to the Florida Sea Base and Tinnerman Wilderness Canoe base in Ontario. 

John was a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus, Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Naval Institute, Friends of the Burlington Northern Railway and the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. 

Besides his mother and stepfather, John is survived by his sister, Joan Baker, of Brooklyn, N.Y., his father, Hal Baker, of Seymour, Ind., his godparents Jorge and Cecilia Jarry of Santiago, Chile, eight uncles, seven aunts, 10 cousins, a stepsister and stepbrother and hundreds of shipmates and friends around the world. 

A funeral Mass was held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Annapolis, Md., with committal ceremony and military honors following at the Columbarium at the United States Naval Academy. Donations may be made to the United States Naval Academy Foundation class of 2000 fund in John's memory 

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