Proos welcomes Vietnam veteran to Senate Memorial Day service

LANSING—Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomes Vietnam War veteran Walter “Bud” Baker (left) to the state Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 20th Annual Memorial Day Service, which honors Michigan residents killed in action during the previous 12 months.

Baker, of Coloma, attended Buchanan Public Schools before enlisting in the Army in 1967. His military actions earned him the Distinguished Service Cross (the nation’s second-highest honor for a member of the Army) and a purple heart as a result of receiving 13 wounds as point man of his infantry squad.

Baker is now a minister, has joined Lest we Forget to share his experiences and was Proos’ honored guest during the Senate ceremony.

“It’s very touching that the Michigan Senate devotes the time to pay tribute to the men and women who have worked so hard for, and given so much to, our state and country,” said Baker.


A print-quality photograph of Proos and Baker is available by visiting Sen. Proos’ website at: Click on Photowire under the Media Center tab.