Retired Navy Vice Adm. Harold Davies Baker, 83, a combat veteran of World War II and a former assistant chief of Naval Operations, died Oct. 30 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.
Adm. Baker was a native of Baltimore and a 1922 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Before World War II, he served aboard battleships and destroyers and held staff posts.
In 1943, he was ordered to the Pacific, where he became commander of a transport ship. He participated in the amphibious operations at Guadalcanal, Bougainville and New Britain. He received the Legion of Merit with combat "V" for his work as a transport division commander during the invasion and occupation of Guam. He later took part in the battles for the Philippines and Okinawa.
After the war, he was commanding officer of the heavy cruiser St. Paul. He was an assistant chief of Naval Operations and served as commander of the operational development force of the Atlantic Fleet. His last assignment before retiring from active duty in 1958 was as commandant of the Potomac River Naval Command.
After leaving the Navy, he was a vice president of North American Van Lines Inc. and a naval consultant. Since 1978, he had been president of the U.S. Strategic Institute.
Adm. Baker was a member of Burning Tree Country Club, the National Press Club and the Army & Navy Club.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Washington; two daughters, Virginia Rogers of Bel Air, Calif., and Alexandra Scott-Paine of Washington, and seven grandchildren.