Robert Dewey Baker was born May 18, 1902, in Marion, Illinois, and attended the public high school there.
The 1919 yearbook said he was a sophomore and a member of the second team in basketball.
Mr. Baker was a chief machinist’s mate on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
He was survived by his widow, Garnette Riley Baker, whom he married in Los Angeles in 1933. His mother, Letha McNew Baker, also survived him. His father, Joseph, a coal miner, died in 1934.
Mr. Baker enlisted by April 1931 and perhaps earlier. It is unclear from available Navy muster rolls.
Sources: The Decatur (Illinois) Herald; Marion High yearbook; Census; grave markers; Navy muster rolls, California marriage record; U.S. Veterans Administration. Navy photo. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.