Vernon J. Baker
First Lieutenant, Infantry, US Army Company C
—370th Regiment, 92nd Inf Division —
Medal of Honor for WWII
Awarded January 13, 1997
Clarinda High School Graduate 1939
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty in action on April 5 and 6 1945 near Viareggio, Italy. Baker’s fighting spirit and daring leadership were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Vernon J. Baker fought in Italy, earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 40° 44.303′ N, 95° 2.248′ W. Marker is in Clarinda, Iowa, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 16th Street / Glenn Miller Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the SW corner of the county courthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 East Main Street, Clarinda IA 51632, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sister Cities (here, next to this marker); Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Page County Courthouse War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); First School House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Clarinda High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. T. S. White House & Carriage House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarinda.
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Also see . . .
1. Vernon J. Baker Medal of Honor Citation. (Submitted on August 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Congressional Medal of Honor Society. (Submitted on August 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Vernon Baker Interview on YouTube. (Submitted on August 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.