The 1947 yearbook entry on Pete Baker was fairly common for a undergraduate of the day: two years football, one year basketball, and a member of the senior class committee. Indeed, the basketball career of Pete Baker was just 12 games. But like many of The Greatest Generation, his was a story of heroism that never made it to the pages of a yearbook.

Baker left Georgetown after the 1942 football season to enlist in the US Army, eventually finding himself in the headquarters of the 335th Infantry at the Battle of the Bulge. Over 19,000 Americans died in the 40 day siege and another 26,000 were listed as missing or captured. According to military records on the Internet, Baker was captured and spent the next eight months as a German prisoner of war.

A family member's account of Baker's ordeal was recorded at a web site in 2011 for genealogy studies: "He was rescued on April 2, 1945. Weighing about 65 lbs less and unable to hoist himself onto the rescuing vehicles, he was taken to France for recuperation and then made in back to Ft. Dix NJ. He then visited his parents in Passaic. Then back to Ft. Dix. Eventually he made it back to Georgetown University where he graduated with a Masters in US Diplomatic History and worked in DC for a few years. He met my mother there, moved to her hometown in Puerto Rico and has been living there in their wedding April 28, 1956. He had four daughters and now has eight grandsons and one grand daughter. My mom and dad are still living in San Juan, Puerto Rico."

 

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1945-46 12 48 4.0
Totals 12 48 4.0
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