In Memory of
Army Private First Class
Fred Burton Baker
Armour, South Dakota
Douglas County
April 7, 1920 – July 24, 1944
Killed in Action at Normandy

 Fred Burton Baker

Fred Burton Baker was born on April 7, 1920 at Armour, South Dakota in Douglas County.  He lived in the vicinity of Armour and Delmont practically all his life.  He attended grade school in the country and high school in Armour, graduating with the class of 1940.  Fred was named after his father, Fredrick F. Baker.  His mother's name was Cleora Baker.  He had four other siblings: two sisters, Evelyn and Mildred, and two brothers, Gilbert and Dean. 

Fritz, as known to all, was inducted into the Army in March 1942.  He was stationed at Camp Butner, North Carolina, then was transferred to Nashville, and later Picket, VA.  According to the Armour Chronicle:

He arrived in Armour on furlough April 8, 1944, and immediately after            
getting back to camp, he volunteered for overseas duty, preferring overseas
duty to being an instructor at Nashville, Tenn.  He sailed from New York,
April 27th, arriving in England  first, and then soon shipped to France.  He
went through the Cherbourg Battle safely being promoted from private to
Staff Sergeant.

The American Battle Monuments Commission site and the War Department letter both contradict the newspaper’s assertion that Fred Baker was promoted to Staff Sergeant. Pfc. Fred Baker was killed in action on July 24, 1944, in France, as part of the “second wave at Normandy.”

Private First Class Fred B. Baker, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, is buried at Plot C, Row 3, Grave 9, Brittany American Cemetery, at St. James, France. His mother later received word that Fred had been awarded the Purple Heart for bravery. 

Cole Anderson and Jamie Vanderpol of Platte High School respectfully wrote this profile.  Information was provided by Mildred Jones of Port Townsend, WA, Fred Baker’s sister, and by the Armour Chronicle, 10/13/44 issue, and by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.