35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PV2 Burton Eugene Baker    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

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35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PV2 Burton Eugene Baker, US56144882, who died in the service of his country on September 7th, 1951 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Burton was 21 years of age. He was from Pasadena, California. Burton's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Burton Eugene Baker include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Private Baker was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on September 7, 1951. Private Baker was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

Burton is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, CA

Burton arrived in Korea with a group of replacements in time to participate in the battle of outpost 717-682 in an area known as the Iron triangle . An estimated Chinese three regiments attacked companies I,K and L who were manning the outpost on Thursday night, September 6th, 1951. The defenders had to fight their way out of the encirclement with high casualties. Pvt. Baker lost his life in that effort.