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Vernon Baker's Family Denied Access To West Wing

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The family of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker was denied access to a White House tour on Saturday, the day after the World War II hero was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Baker's widow, Heidy, and grandson, Vernon Pawlik, 10, were denied entry because the boy was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, said Thomas Norris, also a Medal of Honor winner from northern Idaho who had accompanied the family for the funeral.

Norris told The Spokesman-Review newspaper he was disappointed that an exception could not be made.

Vernon Baker, of St. Maries, Idaho, was the last living black World War II Medal of Honor winner.

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