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BAKER, Earl J. 1917-1945


Posted By: Andrew Brown (email)
Date: 11/10/2010 at 21:31:03


La Porte City, Ia. - The body of the the first La Porte City veteran of World War II to lose his life overseas was returned Tuesday.

Pfc. Earl Baker, son Charles and ‘Hertha’ Baker, was born in Harrison Township, Benton County, (Iowa) three miles south of Brandon Aug. 9, 1917. He attended the country school there and lived there until he enlisted at Independence (IA) Mar. 10, 1941.

Following a year and a half of training he was sent overseas to the South Pacific. He died in a Leyte hospital March 4, 1945 where he was taken after being wounded Feb. 6 while actively engaged in fighting near Bambon on Luzon (with Co A 160th Infantry).

He was awarded the Combat Infantry badge and the Purple Heart medal. The body body was shipped from a USAF cemetery in the Philippine Islands.

Private BAKER is survived by his father, Spring Creek Township; four sisters, Mrs. G. F. BERRY, Brandon, Mrs. Fred CLEVENGER, Richmond, Cal., Mrs. Dean HEMINGSON, Osage, and Mrs. Robert YOUNG, La Porte City, two brothers, Percy, Waterloo, and Carl at home.

His mother preceded him in death Apr. 18, 1921.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Johannsen Funeral Home with Rev. Oliver Jensen of the local Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will be in Bear Creek cemetery near Brandon (Buchanan County IA).

(Waterloo IA Daily Courier 08SEP1948)


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