“We don’t forget our heroes” Major John Johnston, USMC (RET.)
The family has no photographs of David Baker. If anyone has a Roosevelt High School yearbook from 1946 through 1950, the family would greatly appreciate a copy of any photos of David Baker.
June 21, 2018-A man who was killed in the Korean War when he was just 17 years old will finally be recognized for his sacrifice and provided a proper burial in Gary on Saturday. Private First Class David Baker, who was listed as missing in action on November 28, 1950, will be transported from O’Hare Airport to Guy & Allen Funeral Home later today according to Colonel Richard Ligon, US Army (Ret.).
According to an obituary published today:
In May 1950, David joined the Army during Peacetime. David was deployed to the Republic of Korea and assigned to Company 1, 3rd Battalion 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On November 25, 1950, the 3rd Battalion met with enemy resistance and that evening the Chinese People Volunteer Force launched a massive attack against the 8th Army, during an engagement that occurred from the 24th of November thru the 28th. The Infantry suffered heavy casualties as a result. On November 28th at least 160 soldiers were reported as killed, missing or captured.
Private Baker will be escorted by the Illinois Patriot Guard as well as Illinois and Indiana State Police according to Colonel Ligon.
American Legion Post 270 will present Private Baker’s brother with a flag at a funeral mass and ceremony on Saturday June 23, 2018. Additionally, Private Baker will be presented with a purple heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Korea-Korean War Service Medal, Republican of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at New Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1917 Carolina St. Gary, Indiana 46407 followed by a Patriot Guard Escort to Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.
Colonel Ligon stated that the family has no photographs of David Baker. If anyone has a Roosevelt High School yearbook from 1946 through 1950, the family would greatly appreciate a copy of any photos of David Baker.