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First Name: Royal

Last Name: Baker

Birthplace: Corsicana, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Home of Record: McKinney, TX
Middle Name: Newman

Date of Birth: 27 November 1918

Date of Death: 17 April 1976

Rank: Lieutenant General

Years Served: 1941-1975
Royal Newman Baker

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Royal Newman Baker

Lieutenant General, U. S. Air Force

Distinguished Service Cross

Headquarters, Far East Air Forces: General Orders No. 169 (April 3, 1953)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Air Force) to Colonel Royal Newman Baker (ASN: 0-433343), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Pilot with the 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, FIFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Korea on 14 February 1953. While leading a flight of F-86 aircraft near Imsan-dong, North Korea, Colonel Baker sighted four MIG-15s launching an attack on a flight of friendly aircraft who were apparently unaware of the impending attack. Colonel Baker, with outstanding valor and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, immediately initiated a fearless, aggressive attack on the enemy aircraft. He singled out one MIG, which was making a firing pass, as the focal point of his action. Realizing that the allied pilots under attack were in grave danger, Colonel Baker commenced firing at maximum range, boring unswervingly toward the target, until solid hits were scored in the tailpipe section, causing the MIG to smoke heavily and decelerate. Colonel Baker continued his undivided vigilance of the enemy craft until it went into a spin and crashed into the ground. Although low on fuel deep in enemy territory, Colonel Baker remained in the battle area until all friendly aircraft were safe from any immediate threat. Colonel Baker's cool, assured performance under fire, his unhesitating and selfless action in deflecting the enemy and saving the life of a pilot and his singleness of purpose in exposing himself fearlessly to enemy fire in order to protect those threatened is indicative of the highest degree of courage and gallantry.

Silver Star in WWII
Distinguished Service Medal with two OLC in Vietnam
Legion Of Merit with three OLC in WWII, KW, CW, VN
Distinguished Flying Cross with three OLC in WWII

He was a triple ace in the Korean War.
Retired as a Lt. Gen. and he died of a heart attack 17 Apr 1976 and is buried in the Pecan Grove Cemetery at McKinney, Texas.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 318546   Created by: drjones46




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