Baker, David Earle, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1994-1997, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Service Years
1969 - 1997
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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Home State
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
West Stewartstown, New Hampshire
Last Address
Mitchellville, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jan 29, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Headquarters Air Force Combat Crew Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAmerican Ex-POW AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1973, Nam-POWS
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Gen. Baker was deployed to South Vietnam in January 1972 and was captured that June after his aircraft was shot down.  He spent the next eight months as a prisoner of the Viet Cong in Cambodia.  During captivity he tried to escape but he was shot and recaptured.  In February 1973, one month after a peace treaty was signed between the North and South Vietnamese, he was released.  According to the Air Force, he was the only Air force prisoner to be repatriated from Cambodia, after the war ended.

In April 1973, he told the Associated Press that during captivity he was paraded past Cambodian villagers who beat and threatened him.  He was denied medical treatment for a bullet wound in his leg.  He said that because he would not make antiwar statements he was given rice only and pork fat to eat.

After the war he was a pilot instructor and later a fighter pilot in the Netherlands. 

Source:  The Washington Post Obituaries, February 15, 2009.

1994-1997 Served as support staff for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Officer Training School (OTS)School Assignments552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing338th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
21st Tactical Air Support SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)Air Force Institute of Technology97th Flying Training Squadron (Cadre)  - Devil Cats
82nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron405th Tactical Training Wing (Staff)440th Tactical Airlift Wing
Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)Joint Chiefs of Staff
  1969-1969, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1970-1970, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1970-1971, 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing
  1971-1972, 338th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1972-1973, 1141A, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1972-1973, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1973-1974, Air Force Institute of Technology
  1974-1979, 97th Flying Training Squadron (Cadre) - Devil Cats
  1974-1979, 82nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)
  1979-1983, 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1986-1991, 405th Tactical Training Wing (Staff)
  1991-1991, 440th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1992-1994, Directorate of Operations (HQ USAF/XOO), Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1994-1997, Joint Chiefs of Staff
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
 Colleges Attended 
Hofstra UniversityUniversity of HawaiiAir Force Institute of TechnologyAir Command and Staff College
Armed Forces Staff CollegeNational Defense University
  1964-1968, Hofstra University
  1973-1974, University of Hawaii
  1973-1974, Air Force Institute of Technology
  1978-1978, Air Command and Staff College
  1983-1983, Armed Forces Staff College
  1992-1992, National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC)
  1994-1994, National Defense University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EC-121 Warning Star  O-2 Skymaster  T-38 Talon  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  
  1970-1971, EC-121 Warning Star
  1972-1973, O-2 Skymaster
  1974-1979, T-38 Talon
  1999-1991, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
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