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Lt Col Isaac M. B-A-K-E-R was born in 1913. In 1931, at the young age of 17, he enlisted in Co K, 1st Virginia Infantry, 29th Division. In 1938, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 176th Infantry, 29th Division. He stayed with this Regiment (now separated from the 29th) throughout 1941, 1942, 1943, and 1944 rising to the rank of Major. Biding his time stateside as a training Battalion Commander, he graduated Ground Liaison School in October of 1944 and was quickly shipped overseas to the 2689th Ground Liaison Detachment in the 5th Army. Upon completion of that assignment he was assigned to the HQ, 7th Army as the Air Liaison Officer.

As an ALO, B-A-K-E-R collected and evaluated information about adversary targets and would recommend targets for Close Air Support missions AND strategic bombing campaigns by the Army Air Force. This man's job is especially near and dear to me as I am doing the same job 75 years later in the USAF as a Targeting Officer. He would further the targeting process by controlling the actual fighter bomber's attack when laying munitions on to the target, establishing bomb safety/close support lines, and also collected/forwarded the strike information on to higher HQs. Furthermore, B-A-K-E-R would perform low angle photography from Liaison A/C and distribute the images to front line troops. This man performed cradle to grave targeting, weaponeering, and intelligence dissemination!

He would ultimately spend 14 months in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for sustained direct support of combat Ops. He would also be awarded 4x Campaign Stars on his EAME ribbon.

B-A-K-E-R separated from active duty in April of 1946 as a Lt Col. He then continued his service to this nation with the 2nd Bn, 80th (Airborne) Div, retiring in 1955

He organized a very successful mechanical contracting firm in Virginia and passed away in 1995 at the age of 82.

Thanks for looking!

 

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Visit My 76th Division Collection Website!

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Always looking for 76th Infantry Division Items and Information!!

385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions

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Very nice, congrats.

 

One thing, this would be an error "2nd Bn, 80th (Airborne) Div" for one this unit went off jump status in like 1951-52, 2nd Bn would of course refer to a battalion of an infantry regiment, and any clarification there? It's interesting in one aspect, if he was in the 80th when it was an airborne division did he have to go to jump school to get in it, if not, was he a non jumper, and if so, just what would a non jump qualified officer do in an airborne infantry regiment.

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Patches,

 

You're not wrong at all Sir! He was with the 80th when they were Airborne and when they were a conventional Infantry Division later on. Please see below for a list of his assignments in the 80th. A photo is worth a 1000 words so I'll let it do the rest of the talking. ;)

 

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Visit My 76th Division Collection Website!

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Always looking for 76th Infantry Division Items and Information!!

385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions

301st Medical and 301st Engineer Battalions


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Now that's cool...

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Patches,

 

You're not wrong at all Sir! He was with the 80th when they were Airborne and when they were a conventional Infantry Division later on. Please see below for a list of his assignments in the 80th. A photo is worth a 1000 words so I'll let it do the rest of the talking. ;)

 

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Good deal, 2nd Battalion 318th Parachute Infantry, 80th Airborne Division, perhaps he attended jump school some time in early-sh 1948?

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Man I wish we could find photos of these reserve airborne divisions, so far there's only one that's been posted, the one from the 84th Abn Div.

 

See post #266.

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/166035-uncommon-and-obscure-combat-patches-being-worn/page-11

 

And a good talk on them, particularly quotes from Patchhouse 10.

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/68066-80th-airborne-division/

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I will keep my eyes open for some shots of the 80th AB. Perhaps my Lt Col will be in one of them!

Visit My 76th Division Collection Website!

http://76thdivisioncollection.blogspot.com/

Always looking for 76th Infantry Division Items and Information!!

385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions

301st Medical and 301st Engineer Battalions


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Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.

 

Looking for items related to:

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-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)

 

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I know! Two 36th boys in a month. Dont worry, Im not going to turn in to a closet collector and compete with ya! My heart is set on the 76th (except for when its a Targeting Officer! Haha)

Visit My 76th Division Collection Website!

http://76thdivisioncollection.blogspot.com/

Always looking for 76th Infantry Division Items and Information!!

385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions

301st Medical and 301st Engineer Battalions


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Lol I'll get jealous when it becomes a 141 collection massing in your closet.

Actively collecting anything from the C Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.

 

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This is an amazing set! Really great story and awesome to see such a unique role from the 36th. Wonderful post and thanks for sharing

 

Alex

GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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