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Baca, Ernest Faustin

Rank and Name, Chief Commissary Steward Ernest Faustin Baca.

Unit/Placed in, USS Columbia (CL-56) Cruiser, United States Navy.


Ernest was a survivor from the USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) witch was sunk due to a Kamikaze attack 4 Jan. 1945.


Ernest is born approx. on 7 March 1916 in Trinidad, Colorado.

Father, Faustin A. Baca.

Mother, Refugio (Urioste) Baca.

Sister(s), Lela Baca.

Brother(s), William E. Baca.

Spouse, Inez V. Baca.

Son, Anthony F. Baca


Ernest enlisted the service in California with service number # 3719622.


Ernest was KIA when the ship was hit by an Kamikaze strike during the Battle of Lingayen Gulf, on Jan. 9, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Ernest is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://www.navsource.org/archives/04/056/04056.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Buried on Sea
USS Columbia (CL-56) Cruiser
USS Columbia last stop in the US Jan. 45
Harbor for supply
Ernest Faustin Baca
His rank Chief Commisary Steward
Kamikaze attack