RECOVERY OF AN AMERICAN HERO

MAJ. ARTHUR DALE BAKER ~ USAF ~
MIA ~ Apr 7, 1965 In LAOS 
Officialy Recovered Jun 23, 2005
 
                                           
                            

                
 
                                                                    

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 BAKER, ARTHUR D.
Remains ID announced 07/2005
Name: Arthur D. Baker
Rank/Branch: USAF, O3
Unit:
Date of Birth: 30 July 33
Home City of Record: San Antonio, TX
Date of Loss: 07 April 65
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 193500, 1034700
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 3
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: B-57B
Remarks: Last seen on dive thru thin clouds.
Other Personnel In Incident: James W. Lewis
Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the
following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee
on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate
Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases
that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about
each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost,
and detail the information learned since the date of loss.   Information in
the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not
include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential
facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know
their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized
here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these
summaries."
On April 7, 1965, Baker and James [sic] were crewmen on a B-57B, one in a
flight of four aircraft on an interdiction mission launched from Bien Hoa
Air Base, South Vietnam and with its target in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos.
The crew was last seen descending through thin overcast toward the target
area and it never reappeared. Extensive search and rescue efforts through
April 12th failed to locate either the aircraft or its crew.
On April 14, 1965, the New China News Agency reported the shoot down of a
B-57 approximately three miles north-northeast of the town of Khang Khay.
This was described as the first B-57 shoot down of an aircraft launched from
South Vietnam.
Both crewmen were initially reported missing in action in South Vietnam
while on a classified mission.   Their loss location was later changed to
Laos.   There was limited wartime reporting about U.S. aircraft losses in the
general area the crewmen were last reported but they could not be correlated
to this specific incident.   U.S. intelligence continues to receive
information which may correlate to this shoot down but provides no positive
information on the fate of the crewmen.
In January 1974 Major Baker's next-of-kin requested his case review go
forward and he was declared killed in action, body not recovered, in January
1974.   Lewis was declared dead/body not recovered, in April 1982.   Returning
POWs were unable to provide any information on the fate of these two
servicemen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 NEVER MY SOUL, STILL THE SONG...
OF WOUNDED HEARTS, THEIR LOVED ONE GONE...
OF HIM WHO GAVE HIS LIFE, FOR ME...
THAT I MIGHT LIVE, IN LIBERTY
 
 
 
 
 
OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH
AND DANCED THE SKIES ON LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS,
SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED, AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS AND DONE A HUNRED THINGS.
YOU HAVE NOT DREAMED OF WHEELED AND SOARED AND SWUNG,
HIGH IN THE SUNLIT SILENCE,
HOV'RING THERE, I'VE CHASED THE SHOUTING WIND ALONG,
AND FLUNG MY EAGER CRAFT THROUGH FOOTLESS HALLS OF AIR.
UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS, BURNING BLUE,
I'VE TOPPED THE WINDSWEPT HEIGHTS WITH EASY GRACE,
WHERE NEVER LARK, OR EVEN EAGLE FLEW, AND WHILE WITH SILENT, LIFTING MIND, I'VE TROD HIGH UNTRESPASSED SANCTITY OF SPACE,
PUT OUT MY HAND AND TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD.
~ By John G. Magee, Jr ~.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ON A CARD FOR DAVY BAKER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                         
       
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Mansions of the Lord
Words by Randall Wallace
 
 To fallen soldiers let us sing
where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
to the mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
just divine embrace, eternal light
in the mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard tho the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me
 
 
 
 
 On 07 April 1965 Captains Arthur Baker and James W.  Lewis launched from Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, as one in a flight of four B-57B aircraft on an interdiction mission targeted in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. Their aircraft was last seen descending through a thin undercast toward the target area and it never reappeared. Extensive search and rescue efforts through 12 April failed to locate either the aircraft or its crew.
On 14 April 1965 the New China News Agency reported the shoot-down of a B-57 approximately three miles north-northeast of the town of Khang Khay.

Both crewmen were initially reported missing in action in South Vietnam while on a classified mission. Their loss location later was changed to Laos.

In January 1974 Major Baker's next-of-kin requested his case review go forward and he was declared killed in action, body not recovered, on 08 January 1974. Lewis was declared dead/body not recovered, on 16 April 1982.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christmas at Arlington Cemetary ~ 2009
Photo taken for Davy Baker by former LRRP Ranger Sidney Marcus, who was in my brother David's unit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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