Baird, Robert, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary MOS
8042-Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1971, 8042, MCAS Quantico, VA
Service Years
1942 - 1971

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Arlington, Va

Date of Passing
Jul 07, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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His Navy Cross Citation Reads:

For extraordinary heroism as Pilot of a fighter plane in Marine Nignt Fighting Squadron FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY THREE in action against enemy japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Group, on the nights of 9 June, 16 June and 13 July 1945. Courageous and aggressive while engaged in combat air patrol, Captain Baird skillfully employed his radar to make contact with an enemy reconnaissance plane on 9 June and striking quickley and furiously at low attitude, destroyed the hostile plane. again, on combat air patrol on the night of 16 June intercepted an enemy bomber and pressing home a determined run, shot down the hostile plane. later, on the same night by making use of his radar, he established contact with another plane and shot it down. Captain Baird's fourth kill came during the period of night of 13 July when, after establishing radar contact with an enemy bomber, he fearlessly closed in and firing bursts from all six guns, shot down the hostile aircraft. his courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FLVMFA(AW)-533VMF(AW)-531MCAS El Toro, CA
VMF(AW)-5421st MAWAviation Engineering Squadron 12 (AES-12)VMF-312
MAG-32VMF(AW)-235VMF-334MAG-13
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)MARTD NAS Alameda, CAMCAS Quantico, VA
  1942-1943, 7599, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
  1943-1945, 7409, VMFA(AW)-533
  1946-1948, 7409, VMF(AW)-531
  1948-1950, 7409, MCAS El Toro, CA
  1950-1951, 7409, VMF(AW)-542
  1951-1952, 7409, 1st MAW
  1952-1954, 7409, Aviation Engineering Squadron 12 (AES-12)
  1954-1955, 7409, VMF-312
  1955-1956, 7409, MAG-32
  1956-1957, 7409, VMF(AW)-235
  1957-1958, 7409, VMF-334
  1958-1961, 7409, MAG-13
  1961-1965, 7409, Aviation Dept (HQMC)
  1965-1967, 8042, MARTD NAS Alameda, CA
  1967-1968, 8042, 1st MAW
  1968-1971, 8042, MCAS Quantico, VA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Eastern Mandates Campaign (1944)/Operation Flintlock
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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