Henry Adam Baker - 346666892

Private U. S. Army Infantry

American Campaign Ribbon,

Asiatic-Pacific Theater with two Bronze Service Stars,
World War 11 Victory Ribbon,
Combat Infantryman Badge,
One Bronze Arrowhead for landing on Leyto Island,
Expert Badge with Rifle and Carbine Bars,
Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars.

Son of Emanuel Furman Baker and Mary Walden Baker

Born June 23, 1923 in Union County, North Carolina

Died April 9, 1945 at Okiniwa, Philippine Islands Intered February 6, 1949 in Monroe City Cemetery, Monroe, North Carolina

Henry Adam Baker was a goo Christion boy. He was a member of the North Monroe Baptist Church, took a lot of interest in the young people’s work and was a teacher of the Intermediate Class.

He graduated from the Monroe High School, May 22, 1942. He clerked in Belk Bros. Store, Monroe, North Carolina until he entered the service.

He was inducted March 16, 1943 at Fort Bragg. From there he went to Camp Robinson, Arkansas, then to a camp at nashville, Tennessee, next to Los Angeles, California. Here he was specially selected for training at Chaffee Junior College, Ontario, California. After completing this course there, he was sent to De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois.

About August 1, 1944, Henry was shipped over seas. He served with the U.S. Army 96th Infantry Division and was in the invasion fo the Phillipping Islands. At Leyte in battle one morning, he accounted for three Japs and silenced a machine gun. On the afternoon of the same day, he killed two more Japs and silenced another machine gun.

He suffered an attack of tropical fever following that campaign but recovered in time for the Okinawa Invasion where he was mortally wounded, and died soon afterwards.

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