Col. A. J. "Bo" Baker
Col. Baker was born in Searcy, Arkansas on 22 July
1930, and died on 24 March 1980 while serving as Commanding Officer of the
10th Special Forces Group in Bad Tolz, Germany. He served in the U. S. Air
Force from 28 December 1950 through 28 December 1953. He graduated from
the University of Arkansas in 1954 and from George Washington University
On June 15, 1956, Col. Baker was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U. S.
Army. During his career, he served in Korea, Republic of Vietnam, Panama,
and Germany. His Special Forces career began in Aug 64 when he enrolled in
the Special Forces Officer's Course. He graduated in October 64 and was
assigned to the 6th SF Group at Fort Bragg, NC. Bo served three tours in
Vietnam. He was with the Project Delta (Oct 65 - Oct. 66) serving
alongside "Chargin" Charlie Beckwith during the siege at Plei Me, was
commanding officer of the Recondo School (Jul 66 - Oct 66), and served a
third tour from Jul 68 - Nov 68.
During his Army career he served with the 9th Division, 39th Inf.; 4th
Division, 22nd Inf.; 7th Division, HHC; 82nd Airborne, 325th Inf.;
Airborne Dept., Fort Benning; 6th Special Forces; 5th Special Forces;
JFKCENMA; Joint Operations Training Center Panama; 82nd Airborne, 2/75th
Ranger Bn; Tactics Dept., Fort Benning; USAREUR, Liaison to USAFE; and SF
Det. Europe. Col. Baker's medals and awards include: Silver Star, Bronze
Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal,
and the Distinguished Service Medal (awarded posthumously), CIB, EIB,
Master Parachutist, Path Finder, RVN Parachutist, Republic of Germany
Parachutist, and Ranger Tab.
The photos below were taken at the
Jagerwirt in Gaissac (SF Water Hole) before Flint Kaserne closed in
September 1991. (Photos provided by Bob Moreau)
to R: Frank P. Sicari, Maj. Bo Baker, Maj. Dennis Hirsh, Maj. Jim
King, LTC Jim Humphries
L to R: Bo Baker, Adi Rest, Hans???
(Mechanic in SF Motor Pool)
Back Row (Facing Camera) L to R: MSG Jim
Merritt, Horst Kruck (German Civ.), MSG Duke Dewey, Bo Baker;
Front Row (Back to Camera) L to R: Unknown, MSG Butch Ritchardson,
Adi Rest (Civ. & Owner of Jagerwirt). On a sad note, Col. Bo
Baker passed away suddenly the morning after this photo was taken.
Col. Baker shot the deer in the Fall of
1980 while on a hunt about 30k south of Bad Tolz.