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   Arnold Barker, Jr.
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Arnold Barker, Jr., being awarded the Presidential Unit Citation [detail from newsclipping]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Navy
Unit: USS Hornet
Service Location: Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Munda Island (New Hebrides Islands); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Japan
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As a boy, Arnold Baker, Jr. always dreamed of joining the Navy. In 1941 he turned 17 and enlisted. He was stationed on the USS Hornet as an aviation mechanic and was onboard when the ship launched the Doolittle Raid against Japan, as well as during the Guadalcanal Campaign. He survived the sinking of the Hornet in October 1942 and went on to serve his country in Korea as well, and retired with twenty years in the service.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (3 clips)
»Complete Interview  
Download: video (1) | video (2) | video (3) (64 min.)
  Photos
»Photo Album (5 photos)
 Official Documents
»Miscellaneous military papers
 Personal Correspondence
»V-mail "Thanksgiving Greetings" to his father.
 Other Materials
»News clipping, "Presidential Unit Citation Presented to Arnold Baker (sic.), Jr.."
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Coming in to Guadalcanal. (01:04) Sinking of the Hornet. (05:25) Abandoning ship. (03:28)
  
 
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