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Cannoner Harry E. Baker
Bloomington
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)


Harry E. Baker of Bloomington, cannoner of the 44th Artillery, U. S. Army of the A. E. F., won the French Cross of War on July 15, 1918, by his gallant action during a violent bombardment.

It was during a night attack when he and four other men were on guard at their battery. Gas shells were thrown over by the Germans, and all but Cannoner Baker were overcome by the effects of the shells. He aroused his battery and undoubtedly saved the lives of hundreds of sleeping American soldiers.

The citation which accompanied the medal came from Marshal Petain, at that time the marshal of France.



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