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Remembering Vernon Baker

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ST. MARIES, Idaho - A hero of World War II was remembered Saturday for his life and dedication to his country.

A memorial service for Vernon Baker was held in his hometown of St. Maries, Idaho Saturday morning. Baker was the only living black World War II veteran to receive the medal of honor for his bravery. Baker died earlier this month after his long battle with cancer.

Friends and family say he never bragged about his heroic deeds and quietly went about his life. They describe him as both a hero and a gentleman.

"Because of Vernon, and other men like him, I am a free man and I speak English today," said Bill Shields, neighbor. "It has been my honor to have known such a fine man. He was a true gentleman and my life is richer for having known him."

Baker will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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