PFC Sylvin J. Baker

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: , ND
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  • Conflict: WWII
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  • Sylvin J Baker was known as 'Pete' to his friends and family. I never knew this man who was my Great Uncle, but always heard stories of gentle Pete and his Heroism for his military brothers and our Country. Pete was killed in action on June 6, 1944 in Normandy France.

    Pete was my Grandmother Adelaide Baker Brunsell older brother. My Mother, Sylvia Brunsell Enockson Uncle. My Mother Sylvia J and her Brother Sylvin J were named after their Uncle Sylvin 'Pete' Baker. Pete was greatly loved and greatly missed, but remembered always.

    He was Private First Class Sylvin J. Baker (ASN: 37325142), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action while serving with Company L, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944 at Normandy, France. He was 22 years old.

    I am half his age now when he sacrificed his life, and still in awe of his gallant bravery. This is the story I was told of my Great Uncle Sylvin "Pete" Baker. His company stormed the beach of Normandy, once beached his company L was surrounded by gun fire, not knowing where the gun fire originated, PFC Sylvin J Baker, with an unselfish act of gallant bravery, stood up from his group to detect the location of the enemy fire. Sylvin sacrificed his life for his brothers so they would have a chance to escape with their own lives and take out their enemy.

    John 15:13 -Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    I am very Proud of Pete Baker. I proudly tell this story. telling it keeps his memory alive. Pete is a true Hero along with all those brother of arms that fought, died, survived and are still fighting the fight today. God Bless them all!