Vernon Baker Quotes

Vernon Joseph Baker (December 17, 1919 – July 13, 2010) was a United States Army officer who received the Medal of Honor, the highest military award given by the United States Government for his valorous actions during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his actions on April 5–6, 1945 near Viareggio, Italy. Baker was the only living black American World War II veteran of the seven belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor when it was bestowed upon him by President Bill Clinton in 1997. He died in 2010 at the age of 90.

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Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness.

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“Clarinda was a very nice town. It was friendly. I have very, very good memories from there.”

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Give respect before you expect it. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Remember the mission. Set the example. Keep going.

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Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace.

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“I was a soldier. I had a job to do.”

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