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Medal of Honor Recipiants
Transcript of Medal of Honor Recipiants
Thomas A. Baker
Eric G. Gibson
Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
Exemplified Qualities of
After his Comrade was wounded, Sgt. Baker refused to be moved any farther and stated that he preferred to be left to die rather than risk the lives of any more of his friends. Baker would sacrifice himself fighting for his country and to not hurt more of the people he loves.
Baker displayed a great amount of valor when his company was fired upon by automatic weapons from a Japanese emplacement; he voluntarily took a bazooka, dashed alone within 100 yards of the enemy, through heavy rifle and machine gun fire directed at him, and took down their strong point, to enable his company to assault the foe. Later, his company advanced across an open field flanked with hiding attackers, and Sgt. Baker again voluntarily took a covered the rear to protect the company against surprise attacks. It took great bravery on his part to put himself in those positions of danger to defeat the enemy at any means necessary; he was willing to die to bring them down and protect his company.
Sgt. Thomas A. Baker of the U.S Army
At his request, he was placed in a sitting position against a small tree, wounded. Another comrade offered assistance but Sgt. Baker refused, insisting that he be left alone and be given a soldier's pistol with its remaining 8 rounds of ammunition. When last seen alive, Sgt. Baker was propped against a tree, pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe. Later Sgt. Baker's body was found in the same position, gun empty, with 8 Japanese lying dead before him . Baker died with honor and dignity fighting until the last minutes of his life and received the highest honor his country could offer him. he died defending his country and fighting for freedom.
Bakers show of patriotism throughout his time serving; he leads as example of what being an american is all about: supporting and defending your country. He came upon 12 men of the enemy, and though he was outnumbered, he still attacked and killed all of them singlehandedly. Five hundred yards farther, he discovered 6 Japanese hiding behind our lines and killed them. On July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part, was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. Early on, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but insisted on remaining in the battle and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out. Without ammunition and a weapon battered to uselessness from hand-to-hand combat, he was then carried about 50 yards to the rear by a comrade, who was then himself wounded. He is a great american who displays all the distinguishable traits he fought as hard as he could, even battering his gun to fight for his country and freedom.
Was awarded the Medal Of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" at Saipan, Mariana Islands, June 19th to July 7th, 1944
Boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle
Presentation by Michael Valenti
The surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
Devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty
Regard with great respect
Tech 5th Grade Eric Gunnar Gibson Gibson of the United States Army
To receive the prestigious Medal of Honor
For conspicuous gallantry and Risking his life for his country. On 28 January 1944, near Isola Bella, Italy, Tech. 5th Grade Gibson, company cook, led a squad of replacements through the initial gunfire.
The first sacrifice he made was signing up for the army. He sacrificed his career,family, and comfort. After he cleared out two encampments he died trying to clear the third one himself. He made the ultimate sacrifice of dying for his country
Eric Gunnar Gibson has earned the Medal of Honor for showing:
Eric G Gibson showed patriotism by sacrificing his life to save his company.
Eric G Gibson showed valor by never hesitating or stopping to think of the consequences. When he had bullets whizzing passed his face he didn't pause --- he charged forward and bravely died firing at another enemy solider
Eric G Gibson showed honor by risking his life for his friends. This was shown when he captured and killed 20+ enemy soliders. Even when the artillery fell he never failed to save is company
June 25, 1916 – July 7, 1944