A Soldier's Story: 1st Lieutenant Vernon Baker
Entering the U.S. Army on June 26, 1941, he was assigned to the 92nd Infantry and deployed to Italy, where he earned a Congressional Medal of Honor for his action near Viareggio when he single-handedly eliminated three machine-gun nests, an outpost and a dug out.
Lt. Baker remained in the Army, as a career soldier, serving through the Korean War and retiring in 1968.
He spent his retirement working for the Red Cross and hunting, with elk hunting being a particular favorite. He died July 13, 2010, in St. Maries, Idaho.