Shirley A. (Schrecengost) Baker
Air Force Spouse
of the United States Air Force
MAJOR GENERAL DAVID H. BAKER
Retired July 31, 1957
David Hodge Baker was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1907. After graduating from high school at Richmond Hill, New York, in 1926, he entered the U.S. Military Academy from which he graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps June 12, 1930. The following September he was detailed to the Air Corps and assigned to flying school.
Upon graduation from the Air Corps Primary and Advanced Flying Schools in March 1932, General Baker was rated a pilot and transferred to the Air Corps.
His first assignment was at Mitchel Field, New York, where he served until April 1935, when he was transferred to the Panama Canal Department. In 1937, he was assigned at Bolling Field, D.C., where he served with the 14th Air Base Squadron.
In 1939, General Baker entered the Harvard
Graduate School of Business, where he studied industrial management for
two years. He then became chief of the Accounting Branch at Wright Field,
Ohio. He went to England in August 1942, as executive of the Plans Section
of the Eighth Air Force Service Command, and the following December was
named chief of the Plans Division of that command. In October 1943, he
General Baker, in September 1946, was assigned as operations and training staff officer at the National War College. He was appointed in June 1948, a member of the Joint Logistics Plans Group in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In March 1950, he assumed command of the 5001st Composite Wing at Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska.
In October 1951, General Baker became director of command support at Air Materiel Command headquarters, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In March 1952, he was named comptroller of Air Materiel Command and in August 1953, he became director, Procurement and Production, at that headquarters.
General Baker retired from active military service on July 31, 1957.
General Baker has been awarded the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and the Bronze Star Medal. His foreign decorations include the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the Legion of Honor, the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre, the Belgium Order of Leopold with Palm and Croix de Guerre with Palm, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and the Polish Order of Polonia Restituta. He is rated a command pilot, combat observer and aircraft observer.
He was promoted to first lieutenant (temporary)
May 2, 1935; to first lieutenant (permanent) Aug. 1, 1935; to captain (permanent)
June 12,1940; to major (temporary) July 15, 1941; to lieutenant colonel
(temporary) Jan. 5, 1942; to colonel (temporary) March 1, 1942; to major
(permanent) June 12, 1947; to colonel (permanent) April
BAKER, SHIRLEY A. Schrecengost
Age 68, peacefully in Naples, Florida, on Friday, November 19, 1999, with her beloved husband, General David H. Baker (Ret.) at her side.
Shirley was born in Dayton, Pennsylvania on March 4, 1931, a daughter of the late W. Miles and V. Irene (Bowser) Schrecengost. She was a resident of the Washington, D.C. area for many years, where she was the area group manager of Flight Attendants for United Airlines in Washington, D.C.
Shirley and her beloved husband, General David H. Baker (Ret.) moved to Naples, Florida, 22 years ago. She was a member of the Moorings Presbyterian Church of Naples, Naples Garden Club, Naples Community Hospital Auxiliary, Royal Poinciana Country Club and ''Clipped Wings'' (United Airlines Retired Flight Attendants).
Besides her husband, she is survived by one stepson, David H. Baker Jr. of the Cayman Islands; one brother, Miles Schrecengost of Templeton, Pennsylvania; four sisters, LaRue Yingling of Lehigh Acres, Florieda, Velma Walker of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, Ruby (John) Clever of Monroeville, Pennsylvania and LaWave (Laird) Cogley of Windham, Ohio. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Meg Mason of Arlington, Virginia, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Interment will take place in Arlington Ntional
Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Moorings Presbyterian
Church, 791 Harbour Dr., Naples, Florida 34103 or to the Naples Garden
Club, 1051 5th Ave., South, Naples, Florida 34102.
BAKER, DAVID H