Tradition of service to country

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Members of my family have a history of fighting for our country that dates back to 1778.

My great-great-great-great grandfather, Nathan Baker served as a private in the American Revolution. My great-great grandfather, Jefferson Baker, served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

My father, Noble Baker and his five brothers, all of whom lived in Superior, enlisted during World War II — Clarence Baker, Army private; Willard Baker, Army Tec 5; Abner Baker, Army corporal; Robert Baker, Army E-5; Noble Baker, Army private; and Frances Baker, U.S. Navy S-1.

Frances (Frankie) was a survivor when the CA-39-USS Quincy sank in the Battle of Savo Island, Aug. 9, 1942. There were 804 Navy men on the Quincy, and 379 men lost their lives when the Quincy went down.

I followed the footsteps of my grandfathers, father and uncles, and proudly served in the Army during the era of the Vietnam War.

Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country.