Baker, AJ, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1978-1980, 1542, Army Special Operations Forces Europe (ARSOFE), HQ USAREUR
Service Years
1957 - 1980


Special Forces


Four Overseas Service Bars

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Contact Info
Home Town
Searcy, AR
Last Address
Searcy, AR

Date of Passing
Mar 24, 1980
Location of Interment
Oaklawn Cemetery - Searcy, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Vietnam KIA

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
American LegionSpecial Forces Association
  1970, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1976, Special Forces Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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 in 1968.

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.

Other Comments:

On April 15, 1980, Baker was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Also in 1980, Germany and the U.S. Army renamed the air field at Flint Kaserne, Bad Tolz, Germany as the A.J. "Bo" Baker Army Air Field.

In 1981, the A.J. "Bo" Baker Chapter XXX lOth Special Forces Association was organized in New Orleans.

In 1983, Bo Baker Post 350 of the American Legion was formed in Searcy, AR.

A.J. Baker was a member of First Baptist Church of Searcy, a Mason, Shriner, and a charter member of the Searcy Chapter of the Order of DeMolay.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master ParachutistPathfinder Badge
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
US Air ForceArmy Ranger SchoolBasic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School1st Battalion, 39th Infantry
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry7th Infantry DivisionInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA1st Battalion, 325th Infantry
US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)6th Special Forces GroupDetachment B-52 (Project Delta), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)U.S. Army
US Army Vietnam (USARV)US Army Human Resources CommandJungle Warfare School, Fort ShermanArmy War College (Staff)
82nd Airborne Division2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)US Army Europe (USAREUR)
Army Special Operations Forces Europe (ARSOFE), HQ USAREUR
  1950-1953, US Air Force
  1957-1957, 1542, Army Ranger School
  1957-1957, 1542, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1957-1958, 1542, 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry
  1958-1959, 1542, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
  1960-1961, 1542, 7th Infantry Division
  1961-1962, 1542, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1962-1962, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry
  1964-1965, 1542, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1965-1965, 1542, 6th Special Forces Group
  1965-1966, 1542, Detachment B-52 (Project Delta), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)
  1966-1966, 1542, 5th Special Forces Group Recondo Course
  1966-1967, 2715, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1967-1968, 2520, US Air Force
  1968-1968, 1542, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1968-1970, 2120, US Army Human Resources Command
  1970-1972, 1542, Jungle Warfare School, Fort Sherman
  1972-1973, 1542, Army War College (Staff)
  1973-1974, 2110, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1974-1976, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1976-1977, 1542, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group
  1977-1978, 2510, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1978-1980, 1542, Army Special Operations Forces Europe (ARSOFE), HQ USAREUR
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Arkansas, FayettevilleUniversity of Arkansas, FayettevilleGeorge Washington University
  1949-1950, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  1954-1956, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  1967-1968, George Washington University
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