Remembrance: Vernon Baker, WWII Hero

This past week Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker died at the age of 90.  He received the Medal of Honor for his valor and heroism fighting behind enemy lines in Italy during World War 2.  Mr. Baker, an African American, joined the Army in mid-1941, a few months before Pearl Harbor.  At the time Army units were segregated. Despite this treatment, however, Lt Baker focused on the mission with great determination.  As he has said, speaking of his unit, “we had a job to do and we did it.”  Vernon Baker was one of seven African-American soldiers to receive the Medal of Honor for heroic service in World War II, and was the only living recipient.  To read Lt. Baker’s full story, including a link to his Medal of Honor citation, please see: www.militarytimes.com/news/2010/07/ap_military_moh_baker_071410/.

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