Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II

BAZE, ROY E

Captain, U. S. Army. Home address: Chickasha, Grady County. Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Baze, Parents, 508 N.W. 16th St., Oklahoma City. Born July 22, 1910. Enlisted December 8, 1941. Decorations: Presidential Unit Citation; Silver Star; Distinguished Service Cross awarded posthumously. Graduated Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri; Oklahoma City University; and the University of Oklahoma, School of Medicine in 1936. Engaged in practice of medicine at Chickasha. Member of Christian Church. Served as Paratrooper, Airborne Command, Medical Detachment. The Citation with the Silver Star, awarded "For extraordinary heroism in action on August 23, 1944," stated that Captain Baze, under heavy artillery and mortar and small arms fire from the enemy near a demolished bridge, determined to aid the wounded ahead “placed a litter on his shoulder and taking the Red Cross flag from his jeep, crossed the river" and finally reached his objective after swimming a deep creek “took command of the situation, treated the wounded, restored morale and order and directed and assisted in the evacuation” continuing this hazardous action with repeated crossings of the creek until all the wounded were safely evacuated during five hours. Died August 24, 1944, in action on a similar mission near Cannes, France.

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