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Soldier Gets Long Overdue Medals

Today, retired Lieutenant Colonel Dallas Baker of Tyler just thought he was going to a family get together. You can imagine his surprise when Congressman Louie Gohmert stood up and announced a ceremony was being held in his honor.

From the podium, Congressman Gohmert said, "We got a copy of your DD214, and we had the DOD and the Department of The Army go through and research the medals and honors that you should have gotten so that we could present those to you today."

A stunned Baker bowed his head and wept.

As a Korean War and WWII veteran, Baker earned a long list of honors; 16 medals in all including the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Commendation and a Bronze Star. They're all impressive achievements Baker says he doesn't deserve.

"I feel real inadequate to receive them,  and I look around and see there's a dozen people here who probably should be included before me," says Baker.

His daughter, Kathy, requested the medals he'd earned as a way to honor her father for his military service. She never dreamed there would be so many awards.

"Daddy's always been really quiet and wouldn't tell me the things that he did," says Kathy.

The now highly-decorated war veteran says it was God, not himself, who brought him safely through the dangerous war zones. He says everyday, he prays for the same kind of protection for the men and women who are serving our country now.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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