Floyd J. Baker
Maiden Name: n/a
Floyd J. Baker, 86, of Battiest. Oklahoma passed away July 2, 2003 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born April 15, 1917 at Battiest. He was a lifelong resident of McCurtain County.
Floyd was a retired farmer and had raised many hogs. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, and of course, spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Bethal Hill Methodist Church.
Mr. Baker was a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action against the enemy in the Les Remabois Sector France. The Citation read, For heroic achievement in action against the enemy in the Les Remabois Sector France on 8 November 1944 Pfc. Baker while on a hazardous daylight patrol moved over open terrain 2 700 yards ahead of our lines. Upon encountering a hostile machine-gun emplacement which opened fire on it the patrol returned the fire and withdrew in another direction. Having completed its mission the patrol returned over the open terrain constantly meeting with withering automatic and small arms fire and with harassing morter fire. Pfc. Baker’s daring and courage in the face of extreme danger reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He entered military service. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Bessie Baker; his parents Robinson and Ennettie Noah Baker; his brothers Anderson Winship Jimmy Baker Daniel Baker and Walter Baker and a sister Gladys Wade.