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Baeder, Francis Elmer

Rank and Name, Gunners Mate Second Class Francis Elmer Beader.

Unit/Placed in, USS Spence (DD-512) Destroyer, United States Naval Reserve.


Francis is born approx. on 23 July 1922 in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.

Father, Albert D. Baeder.

Mother, Jane E. Baeder.

Sister(s), Elenor J. Baeder.


Francis enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number # 6504897.


Francis died when the USS Spence sunk in the Typhoon Cobra, Philippine Sea on Dec 18, 1944on, 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.


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

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/ussspence/

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940 1945 on Facebook.

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

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

USS Spence (DD-512) Destroyer
Memorial USS Spence
Typhoon Cobra taken from USS Cowpens
Location USS Spence wreck
His rank Gunner's Mate Second Class