The War Department seemed to be unable to decide whether Private George Baker was alive or dead. This indecision, communicated to Private Baker's parents, naturally caused them a certain amount of anxiety.

Day after the Japs roared down on Pearl Harbor, the War Department informed Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Baker of Emmitsburg, Md. that their boy was dead. Then the Bakers got a letter from George, written after the attack saying in effect that the report of his death was grossly exaggerated. Next the Veterans' Administration wrote to Mrs. Baker, enclosing a form to be signed so that she could...

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