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Baker, Benjamin F.
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Baker, Benjamin F.

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Coxswain Benjamin F. Baker, USN, (1862-1927)


Benjamin F. Baker was born on 12 March 1862 at Dennisport, Massachusetts. He served in the Spanish-American War on board USS Nashville. On 11 May 1898 he was one of several men who took part in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba. For his "extraordinary bravery and coolness" under enemy fire during this operation, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He reportedly later attained the rank of Chief Master-at-Arms. Benjamin F. Baker died on 19 May 1927 at Brockton, MA.


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