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WARSAW — Silver Lakeresident Terry Baker was honored as Veteran of the Month at the Kosciusko County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Baker was born in Warsaw on Feb. 7, 1950, to Wilbur and Cora Baker.
He enlisted in the army immediately following his graduation from Warsaw High School in 1968. Once Baker received his orders, he reported to Fort Campbell, Ky., for basic training.
From there, he attended advanced infantry training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, where he learned about fuel and electrical repair. He graduated at the top of his class in March 1969.
Baker then received orders for Vietnam, arriving in Lai Khê, Vietnam, in April 1969. He was assigned to the 101st maintenance battalion 1st infantry.
Baker said he was fortunate because the position he filled was required to be at an E-5 pay grade, so he was promoted to E-5 after less than a year in service.
“It took me six years to get to E-5, so that’s pretty good,” said Kosciusko County Veteran Affairs Officer Rich Maron.
Baker’s duties included repairing and troubleshooting fuel and electrical components of M-60 tanks, personnel carriers, 2.5 ton trucks and jeeps at the base motor pools.
Baker was awarded the bronze star before leaving Vietnam in April 1970.