William A. Baker, Jr.
Branch: Air Force
Rank: First Lieutenant (0-2)
War or Conflict: WW II, Korean War
Years of Service: 25
My dad, Bill Baker, joined the Army Air Corp when he was 17 telling the recruiter that he was 18. He trained as a pilot, but did not complete the training and became a turret gunner in a B 25 fighting the Japanese in the islands of the Pacific. His plane went down and although he was wounded, he survived and was put on a hospital ship. The ship was damaged and set on fire when a Kamakazi made a suicide dive into the center section. It did not sink, but many of the soldiers went overboard and were later picked up and returned to the states. He received a purple Heart. He served in the Korean Conflict and received many awards, citations and ribbons for his meritous service during his twenty five years in the Air Force.
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