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Medal of Honor Winners

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Vernon Baker

Courtesy of the Associated Press/Ruth Fremson

In a brutal, nearly two day-long assault that brought his platoon's casualty rate to sixty percent, Vernon Baker helped cleared out multiple German positions in the mountains of Italy, just miles from the Gothic Line. For his actions in World War II Baker was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Cross, but it would not be until 1997 that Baker, Second Lieutenant of the 360th Regimental Combat Team of the 92nd Infantry Division, would receive the Medal of Honor.

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