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First Name: Albert

Last Name: Baesel

Birthplace: Berea, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Edward

Date of Birth: 21 March 1890

Date of Death: 27 September 1918

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served: 1912 - 1918
Albert Edward Baesel

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Albert Edward Baesel

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War I

Second Lieutenant Albert Edward Baesel (21 March 1890 - 27 September 1918) was a U.S. Army officer who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during World War I.

Albert Edward Baesel was born on 21 March 1890 in Berea, OH. He joined the 5th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard as a Private and was later promoted to Corporal. In 1918, he resigned from the 5th Infantry and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 148th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. That same year, the 148th was federalized to serve in France. For his heroism on 27 September 1918 in trying to save a wounded comrade in arms, at the cost of his own life, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 148th Infantry, 37th Division.

Place and date: Near Ivoiry, France, 27 September 1918.

Citation: Upon hearing that a squad leader of his platoon had been severely wounded while attempting to capture an enemy machinegun nest about 200 yards in advance of the assault line and somewhat to the right, 2d Lt. Baesel requested permission to go to the rescue of the wounded corporal. After thrice repeating his request and permission having been reluctantly given, due to the heavy artillery, rifle, and machinegun fire, and heavy deluge of gas in which the company was at the time, accompanied by a volunteer, he worked his way forward, and reaching the wounded man, placed him upon his shoulders and was instantly killed by enemy fire.

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant Albert Edward Baesel was killed in action on 27 September 1918. He is buried at Woodvale Cemetery in Middleburg Heights, OH.

Honoree ID: 1733   Created by: MHOH




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