July 14, 2010

Crapo: Vernon Baker An Idaho Legend

Offers tribute on passing of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today offered this tribute on the passing of Idaho Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker of St. Maries:

"Mr. Vernon Baker, an Idahoan, received the Congressional Medal of Honor 50 years after his honorable service in World War II. He is the only living African-American to receive Congress' highest honor. Baker is a true war hero and he will remain a legend and testament of determination and steadfastness in the face of unspeakable discrimination and extreme obstacles. I join all Idahoans in mourning his passing but honoring his achievements."