b. 12/03/1862 Dennis Port, Massachusetts. d. 19/05/1927 Dennis Port, Massachusetts.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/05/1898 Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Benjamin Franklin Baker was born on March 12, 1862 at Dennis Port, Massachusetts. He joined the navy in 1885, and served in the Spanish-American War on board USS Nashville. On May 11, 1898, while serving as a Coxswain, he was one of several men who took part in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Baker retired from the navy with the rank of Chief Master-at-Arms in 1915. Chief Baker died on May 19, 1927, at Dennis Port, Massachusetts and was buried in Swan Lake Cemetery in the same town.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Baker set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
BURIAL LOCATION: SWAN LAKE CEMETERY, DENNIS PORT, MASSACHUSETTS.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.