Tony Anderson Baker

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
31 May 1948 - 05 July 1968
San Francisco, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Tony Anderson Baker

05 Nov 2000

Tony and I graduated from El Camino High School in South San Francisco, California in June, 1966.

As you know, during those times every male received a draft notice. Tony had some health problems that prohibited him from passing the physical exam to get into the Marines. I guess they say "the third time is the charm", and if my memory is correct, it was his third time taking the physical that Tony finally passed for the Marines.

He was thrilled!

He wanted to be a Marine and serve his country. And as Marines are often portrayed as tough guys, Tony was one of the nicest, most honest, fun loving, and kind guys you would have ever met.

He and I were friends, and you could find him hanging out at the new McDonald's or coming over to my house. Once we went to a boat dance together. The boat cruised around San Francisco Bay and we tried to keep each other from getting sea sick.

We enjoyed each other's company. He'd drive over in his yellow and white '57 Ford with the leaky radiator. There was always a container of water in the car so he could drive home again.

Elizabeth Burke Shivel

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At 0400 05 July 1968 in the vicinity of Hill 471, Quang Tri Province, a squad ambush from Kilo 3/4 was attacked by an NVA/VC force. One Marine was killed outright and three were wounded. Two of the wounded died of their injuries. The three men were
  • LCpl Jack P. Jones, Mundelein, IL;
  • Pfc Thomas G. Turner, Chicago, IL; and
  • Pfc Tony A. Baker, San Francisco, CA.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a high school friend,
Elizabeth Shivel

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Nov 2000
Last updated 07/07/2006