Baker, Benjamin Franklin, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1905-1915, COX-0000, USS Constellation (IX-20)
Service Years
1885 - 1915
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bill Baker, LCDR to remember Baker, Benjamin Franklin (MOH), CPO USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Dennisport, MA

Date of Passing
May 19, 1927
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Swan Lake Cemetery

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Chief Master-at-Arms

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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Last Known Activity

I have created this page to honor a distant relative, my Great Great Great Great Great Uncle Benjamin Franklin Baker.  He served in the USN, and was awarded the Navy Medal of Honor while serving aboard the USS Nashville during the Spanish American War.  At the time of the event, he was a Coxswain, but he was last a Chief Master at Arms. 

During his service, Benjamin would often skip meals and sent the 50 cents he saved home to his family instead. Baker retired from the Navy with the rank of Chief Master-at-Arms in 1915.

Chief Baker died on May 19, 1927 at Dennis Port, Massachusetts and was buried in Swan Lake Cemetery in the same town. His grave is cared for by AMVETS Post 333 and local Cub Scouts.[1] In 2015, the Dennis Historical Commission honored his service with the first public recognition of his award since his death.
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 The Medal of Honor Citation reads:

Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 12 March 1862, Dennisport, Mass. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.

"On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Baker set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action."
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US Navy
  1895-1905, COX-0000, USS Nashville (PG-7)
  1905-1915, COX-0000, USS Constellation (IX-20)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Cienfuegos1
  1900-1902 China Relief Expedition
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