St. Maries Medal of Honor hero buried at Arlington Nat'l Cememtery

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 27 at 9:51 AM

(Click play to watch the entire burial cemerony at Arlington National Cemetery)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Silver Valley veteran who received the National Medal of Honor for his service during World War II will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Friday.

Vernon Baker, 90, died at his St. Maries home on July 13. Baker was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Baker received the award in 1997 from President Bill Clinton. At the time, Baker was the first living African-American soldier to receive the award.

After Baker's death, his widow, Heidy Baker, told KREM 2 News she could not afford to attend the formal military burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Community donations poured in, and with a contribution from Idaho Representative Walt Minnick, Heidy and her family will be able to attend Friday's ceremony.

Heidy, her daughter Alexandra and her daughter's son attended the burial. Out of respect, Arlington National Cemetery has a policy that media may not speak to families at ceremonies.

 

 

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