Edward Baker, a pioneer in the military!
December 28
*Edward Lee Baker, Jr. was born on this date in 1865. He was an African-American soldier.

From Platte River, WY he enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH in 1882. Baker served with both the 9th and 10th U. S. Cavalry attaining the rank of Sergeant Major in 1892. Baker saw combat in the Spanish-American War where he earned a Congressional Medal of Honor for braving heavy fire. This happened on Jul 1, 1898 — Santiago, Cuba where he saved the life of a comrade during the assault on San Juan Hill.

After the War he was promoted to the rank of Captain and given command of the 49th Infantry. Baker led this 100-man unit to an unprecedented record of efficiency and discipline. He retired in 1902 and moved to California. Edward Lee Baker, Jr. died on Aug 26, 1913, and is buried at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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