Tuesday, October 6, 2009

MSG Robert H. Baker

MSG Robert H. Baker passed away on September 30, 2009, at a Temple hospital having lived a full 70 years.

MSG Baker had been a resident of Killeen, Texas for more than 20 years. He served his country in the United States Army for 24 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. He served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. His numerous other military decorations include seven awards of the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3892, American Legion Post 573 and the Disabled American Veterans of Nolanville.

Funeral services were held at 12:30 PM, October 6 at the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas. Patriot Guard Riders rode their motorcycles to the funeral home and formed a line of American flags at the entrance, in honor of this American hero.

The Riders then rode in the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery for the committal ceremony.

The Riders formed a line of American flags around the interment shelter as full military honors were rendered by the Army honor guard.

MSG Baker was laid to rest on the gentle slope of the cemetery and the American flag on the hill top was at half staff.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a son, a daughter 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

(with thanks to the Killeen Daily Record for biographical information)

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