A Soldier's Story: First Lieutenant Vernon Baker

First Lieutenant Vernon Baker was born on December 17, 1919, in the rugged Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In response to World War II, First Lieutenant Vernon Baker enlisted the U.S. Army on June 26, 1941, First Lieutenant Vernon Baker 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 dugout.

First Lieutenant Vernon 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 favorite.  First Lieutenant Veron Baker died July 13, 2010, in St. Maries, Idaho.


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