Elbert James Baker, JrCorporal
D CO, 1ST BN, 506TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army Of The United States
19 August 1946 - 11 July 1969
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The database page for Elbert James Baker, Jr
He died in the assault on Hill 996.
When I first joined the company you looked at me and said "LOOK AT THIS CHERRY". You pointed out my clean fatigues with no holes. That was embarrassing, man.
As you poked fun, I asked you, "Have very many men been killed in this company?" You didn't give me an answer. You looked angry that I even asked that question. You turned around and pointed to the mountains and said, "See those mountains? Those mountains and that rucksack is gonna kick your ass, man. Don't worry about no gooks and gettin' killed and s---t like that."
Well, I found out you were half right. I do know why you said it though.
They heard no fear from you that day. They heard only anger.
It was only the mountains and that heavy ruck that bothered you.
You were a classic, man, and that's the way I want to remember you.
A memorial initiated by a comrade-in-arms,|
Richard "Doc" Daniels
28 Apr 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)