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July 31, 2010 in News
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Heidy Baker, center, wife of Vernon Baker, walks back to the The Church of the Nazarene after military honors at an adjacent field escorted by Capt. David Darney, left, and Tom Norris, right. Several hundred friends, family, dignitaries and neighbors gathered Saturday, July 31, 2010 to remember Vernon Baker as a WWII war hero and a westerner who loved to hunt and live in the woods.

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Heidy Baker, center, wife of Vernon Baker, leads a walking procession back to the The Church of the Nazarene after military honors at an adjacent field escorted by Capt. David Darney, left, and Tom Norris, right. Several hundred friends, family, dignitaries and neighbors gathered Saturday, July 31, 2010 to remember Vernon Baker as a WWII war hero and a westerner who loved to hunt and live in the woods. Norris is a Medal of Honor recipient, like Baker, from the Vietnam War.

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Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars from Coeur d’Alene join other mourners at Vernon J. Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Members of the Marine Corps League join other mourners at Vernon J. Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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A color guard comprised of National Guard soldiers retires the colors after Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Veterans and other mourners listen to the tributes to Vernon J. Baker at Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Janetta WIlliams reads a letter from the president of the NAACP honoring Vernon J. Baker at Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Vernon Pawlik, age 9, namesake and grandson of Vernon J. Baker, repeats his quote “Since my grandfather died, his picture has become history. As soon as he died we have lost a part of history” in front of several hundred mourners at Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010. Helping him is Dick Shanks.

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A large contingent of Air Force personnel stand as military honors are performed for Vernon J. Baker at a field outside the church near St. Maries, Idaho Saturday, July 31, 2010. Baker was a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in WWII.

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At the funeral for Vernon J. Baker, a military honor guard folds a flag over the urn of Baker’s ashes at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Tom Norris, left, a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, kneels and speaks with Heidy Baker, widow of Vernon Baker, after Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Members of the honor guard stand by Vernon J. Baker’s remains on the stage at Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Friends and other mourners gather for a potluck meal after Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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An Idaho National Guard honor guard passes a folded flag hand to hand after folding it over the urn holding the remains of Vernon J. Baker, a WWII medal of honor recipient, Saturday, July 31, 2010 at The Church of the Nazarene near St. Maries, Idaho.

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Billy Fletcher, a friend and neighbor of Vernon J. Baker, kneels and hugs Heidy Baker, widow of Vernon Baker, after the outdoor portion of Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.

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Sgt. Ray Katus, left, kneels and presents a folded flag to Heidy Baker, widow of Vernon Baker, at Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010. Wearing a cap, at center, is Vernon Pawlik, 9, Heidy’s grandson. In the foreground at right is Capt. David Darney, a casualty assistance officer.

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A color guard leaves after posting the colors at Vernon J. Baker’s funeral at a church near St. Maries Saturday, July 31, 2010.