“I am saddened by the passing of Vernon Baker, a Medal of Honor recipient who lived in St. Maries, Idaho. I had the honor of meeting with Vern during my tenure as governor and appointing him to the Idaho Commission on Human Rights, where he faithfully served.
“Vern epitomized what has been called the ‘greatest generation’ and selflessly served this nation at a time when he was not welcome in all places. He loved his country and was deserving of all the honors bestowed upon him for his outstanding service and sacrifice. For nearly 25 years, Vern Baker chose to call Idaho his home, and now we salute him one last time for his selfless courage and grace.”