David Wallace Baker

United States Marine Corps
16 March 1951 - 18 September 1970
Ridgefield, Washington
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David W Baker

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for David Wallace Baker

20 Jun 2001


To my cousin DAVID WALLACE BAKER, to a strong willed person, one who did not back down from a fight. Who stood up for the truth of which he believed in in his heart to be right at the time. A defender of the weak, with a strong background in God and Country.

For these reasons you joined the Marine Corps, the rough and tumble life fit you well. You answered the clarion call, and when sent to Vietnam, you did more than your duty; o'David you laid down your life for your country. Even though I write this soliloquy, for once you were a combat soldier, though you were scared you did not run, for once you were a combat soldier, for by God you were a Marine! Go o' David, go and take what you have fought so long and hard to get. Take hold of your eternal life, as the golden rays of the setting sun light up all eternity, go o' David, to rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love that shall be with you for now and forever more!


Your cousin, Greg Payne

02 December 2001

We went to school together and were close friends.

Terry L. Roane
636 S Pekin Rd, Woodland WA 98674

27 Feb 2005

We shared some sweet memories for a brief time of your all too short life.

May you rest with the peace of the rightous.
Missing you,
Your "BRO" forever.

From a grade school buddy,
Gary Holloway

27 Feb 2005

Sgt. David Baker - Funeral services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, for Sgt. David Baker, 19, Marine Corps sergeant who died in Vietnam.

Arrangements are to be announced by Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Baker was born in Vancouver 16 Mar 1951, attended Pleasant Valley Grade school and Ridgefield High School. He joined the Marines when he was 17. In addition to his mother, Mrs. Anna Hartnett, David is survived by his father, Jess Baker, The Dalles Or; brothers, Dan, in the Navy; four sisters, Mary Ann Baker, Linda Daffron, Barbara Fink Hartnett, and Brenda Fink Hartnett, all of Vancouver; and grandparents, Gertrude Jones and Ernest Baker, both of Vancouver.

The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 21 Sep 1970

Courtesy of
Darilee Bednar

Faces from the Wall

08 Dec 2005

David was my squad leader and I was there with David at the time he was hit, I was also hit. When I saw David I called for the Corpsman and my lungs collasped. I thought I was going to die. We were at the 95th Evac Hospital in Danang.

David was a good friend and a great Marine. I talked to him while we were in the hospital, just a day or so before he died of double pneumonia from wounds he received. I really cried for him. I remember he was going to marry a girl in Corpus Christi, Texas. We all miss you, David. L/Cpl L. Wayne Hill

From a fellow Marine,
Wayne Hill
P O Box 325, Trion, Ga. 30753

20 Mar 2006

I think about you every so often and think about the fun times we had partying at your house. I was sad when you left and sadder the day you came home. Will be great to hear your stories when my time comes. See you than.

From a friend,
Tom Renner
108 Morrison Heights Road, Woodland Wa.
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

25 Jul 2006

We knew each other when we were teenagers and still young, sweet and innocent. You and your sis Mary Ann bought my Mom an actual florist bouquet and she thought you were the best! I still have Gator "Wally" - it needs to be home with your family or left at the memorial here in Olympia. I know your name is there.

Oh, sweet puppy love. Over the years I have thought of you and your short life more than a few times. It's just a journey to get us from one point to another - yours was not a long walk, simply a leisurely stroll, Sweet David.

Jeanene Snow (Balukoff)
Olympia, WA

Sergeant David Wallace Baker is remembered by his brothers in
Kilo Company, 3/7 Marines

He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his cousin,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Jun 2001
Last updated 07/25/2006