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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Receives Beautiful Bench in Honor of a Late Veteran

June 25, 2013

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People who were fortunate enough to be close to Bolivar Baker say he was one of the kindest men they had the pleasure of knowing. His caregivers at the Dayton VAMC said he had the ability to put a smile on your face within seconds of being in the same room.

Mr. Bolivar Baker was born on April 27, 1912, and was called home on March 31, 2013, at the age of 100 years old. In April of 1944, Mr. Baker was drafted into the United States Army, at the age of 33. His position in the Army was as a qualified marksman with the M1 Rifle. During his military career, he was sent to the African and Central European Campaign. Bolivar received several awards for his service including the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, the Prisoner of War and Purple Heart Medals.

In 2003, Mr. Baker was in a serious automobile accident, which caused him to need assistance. He was placed in the Dayton VAMC's Community Living Center for care for the remainder of his life. During his time at the Dayton VAMC, he created several meaningful relationships with staff member and other Veterans that will be cherished forever.

On June 19, 2013, the Dayton VAMC staff, Bolivar Baker's Family, and others who cherished him, held a bench dedication to honor him. Mr. Baker's family donated a beautiful bench to the Dayton VAMC with the text engraved, "In Loving Memory of Bolivar Baker."

The Dayton VAMC is honored to have a bench in memory of a Veteran, who had such an impact on its staff and patients. On behalf of everyone at the Dayton VAMC, we would like to thank Mr. Baker, for all the great memories; and we thank his family, for donating this bench that will forever remind us of the great Veteran, Mr. Bolivar Baker.