Laying a Hero to Rest

Yesterday I had the distinct privilege of escorting the Chief of Chaplain for the Air National Guard and participating in the funeral service for Major General David Baker.

As a Captain and pilot he was shot down during the war in Vietnam over Cambodia and was held with 7 fellow Americans as a POW. It was not an easy time for him. I had the honor to meet several of his fellow POW's in that camp, as they were here for the funeral. After his release, he would later become an F-15E driver and instructor and would participate in the bombing runs of the Iraqi forces as they attempted to regroup in Southern Iraq following their rout from Kuwain during Desert Storm.

You can read more about him in this news story about the funeral here.

I encourage you to view the photo album here of this incredible Air Force Airman and especially read the captions.