James F. Baker
Colonel James Francis Baker was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 23 May 1952. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, 15th Regiment, 3rd Division, Korea. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Company Commander, 15th Regiment, 3rd Division, Korea; Platoon Leader, Later Executive Officer, HHC, 335th Infantry Regiment; Commander, Heavy Mtr Company, 335th Infantry Regiment; TIE Officer, Headquarters 85th Division TNG; Regimental S-4, 338th Infantry Regiment; 536 MOB DES Detachment, Eng DA, Assistant for Planning; Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics, 416th Engineer Command; 536 MOB DES, Assistant for Planning, Command and General Staff and ICAF Instructor; Director of Supply and Later Deputy Commander, 425th Trans Brigade, Deputy Commander. | His awards and decorations include: Army Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster and w/V Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Greek War Cross, Chungmu District Military Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Summer-Fall, Korean Second Winter, Parachutist Badge, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster. | Military schools attended include: Airborne School, Basic Infantry Officer’s Course, Advance Infantry Officer’s Course, Command and General Staff School, Preventive Maintenance Course, Tactical Intelligence Staff Officer Course, Industrial College of Armed Forces, Special Forces. | Colonel Baker attended the University of Iowa (Ph.D. Secondary School Administration); Northern Illinois University (MS-Ed-Education-Journalism); Northern Illinois University (BS-ED-English-Journalism).