Death of Vernon J. Baker

December 17, 1919 - July 13, 2010
Saint Maries, Idaho | Age 90

Medal of Honor hero dies at age 90
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REBECCA BOONE, The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Vernon Baker, a black U.S. soldier who belatedly received the Medal of Honor for his World War II battlefield valor after historians concluded he'd been wrongly denied the military's top award because of his race, died at his home near St. Maries, Idaho. He was 90.

Baker died Tuesday of complications of brain cancer, Benewah County coroner and funeral home owner Ron Hodge said.

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