Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 148th Infantry,
Place and date: Near Ivoiry, France, 27 September 1918.
Entered service at: Berea, Ohio.
Born: 1892, Berea, Ohio. G.O. No.: 43,
Citation: Upon hearing that a squad leader of his platoon had
been severely wounded while attempting to capture an enemy machinegun nest
about 200 yards in advance of the assault line and somewhat to the right,
2d Lt. Baesel requested permission to go to the rescue of the wounded corporal.
After thrice repeating his request and permission having been reluctantly
given, due to the heavy artillery, rifle, and machinegun fire, and heavy
deluge of gas in which the company was at the time, accompanied by a volunteer,
he worked his way forward, and reaching the wounded man, placed him upon
his shoulders and was instantly killed by enemy fire.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)