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Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

It was a bold mission in the middle of World War II: fly into Romania to destroy oil refineries that fueled the German Army. Seventy years ago on Wednesday, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison Earl Baker, then a 36-year-old pilot from Akron, Ohio, and a large armada of American planes flew over Ploesti, Romania, in a low-flying raid. Baker would not return.

A nephew keeps alive the memory of Baker’s daring flight with a display in his Norton basement that includes framed pictures of his uncle, one with all the service medals he was awarded. “This guy always had a smile on his face,” John Baker, 76, said of his uncle.

Baker, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator pilot, and six other Summit County residents who were awarded the Medal of Honor, are honored with their names appearing on a plaque at the Summit County Courthouse that was dedicated in May 2003, during Ohio’s Bicentennial year.

For the complete story by Jim Carney of the Akron Beacon Journal, click here.

Updated: August 1, 2013 — 9:42 AM

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