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Irvin Baker manuscript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box 1 (06.0001-06.0084), Folder: 06.0027 - Folder 1
Identifier: 06.0027

Scope and Contents

1st Lieutenant Irvin Baker's unpublished manuscript describes his experiences as a platoon leader with the 4th Marine Division and 10th Amtrac Battalion of the United States Marine Corps. He led his platoon through the Battle of Iwo Jima.


  • Created: 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/09/2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Irvin Baker was born on December 28, 1920, in Akron, Ohio. He was attending Rutgers University when he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on March 20, 1942. Since he had completed a few years of college, he was eligible for Officer Candidate School. He completed officer and basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Quantico, Virginia, and Camp Pendleton, California.

Baker was assigned to the 4th Marine Division and the 10th Amtrac Battalion, where he served as a platoon leader. He participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima where he lost a few of his men. For the latter months of the war, he performed with the USO in the Pacific before coming home in November of 1946.

Baker's personal narrative touches on various subjects such as anti-Semitism, chaplains, military medicine, race relations, prisoners of war, B-29's, souvenirs, the United Service Organization (USO), the planned invasion of Japan, basic training, infantry combat, and his comrades.He passed away October 8th, 2019 and is buried at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge New Jersey.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Irvin Baker

Method of Acquisition


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Repository Details

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