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Norman L Baker

bio compiled by Jim Moyer 2013, updated 3/17/2017

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For the PA, MD, VA, NC area,  The World Wide War Google Map has heavily used Norman Baker’s books. Click on each book below to purchase, or click on  our shop .

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A little bio on Norman L Baker. Click on this Link.

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Below is a Two-part story about Norman L Baker, a member of the Board of Directors of the French and Indian War Foundation,  published September 18, 2013, written by Adrian O’Connor in his Valley Pike series in the Winchester Star.

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To read this, left click and then once image appears larger, you will see a tiny magnifying glass as your cursor and so click again for a readable size.

 

Norman article 1 9-18-13 Star

 

Norman article 1 9-25-13 Star

 

May 3, 2015

Norman Baker, Board member of this French and Indian War Foundation and who was in the battle of Iwo Jima in WWII, will be interviewed by a national TV crew from Japan, in the Ft.  Loudoun Room, George Washington Hotel, Winchester, Virginia.

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See Japan Today article only shows reader commentary now

 and a Radio Australia article

and the Huffington Post article

  on Norman Baker and Yoshiko Shimabukuro.

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Both the 18-year-old U.S. Marine and the 17-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl had known the enemy only from the virulent propaganda they had been fed. When they finally met their foes in the closing months of World War II, in separate, back-to-back battles hundreds of miles apart, it was on the most terrifying terms.

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“I threw off the safety on the Thompson and prepared to kill him. His eyes pleaded for his life as he turned enough to show me that he had been shot in the back in the area of his right shoulder blade.”

The Marine behind Baker yelled at him to quickly kill the soldier. Baker said no. He was taking the man prisoner.

After making the soldier strip to his underwear to be sure he was unarmed, Baker gave him a cigarette and some water. Then he was taken away.

“I have always wished that I could have found out what he did with his life.”

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David Preston on 17 December 2015 alerted  Norman L. Baker, Board Member and Historian for French and Indian War Foundation of a review of Norman L Baker’s book shown below.

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The Journal of the Society for Army  Historical Research , the premier journal for any  scholarship dealing with the British Army and published in the UK, has a review of Norman L Baker’s, “Braddock’s Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela.”

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journal societybraddock's road by norman baker

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 Norm Baker’s book on Braddock’s Road was favorably reviewed by none other  than J.A. Houlding, who has written,  “Fit for Service: The Training of the British Army, 1715-1795,” one of the most important books on the  British Army in the eighteenth-century that has ever been published.

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Excerpts of review:

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“The result is definitive, a tribute to his scholarship,  perseverance, and obvious devotion…All subsequent students of Braddock’s march  will need to have this definitive work to hand…perhaps the Braddock Road  Preservation Association might see fit to produce for historians and enthusiasts  a detailed route-map showing Baker’s findings.”

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Another excerpt:

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Norman Baker has been through all of the textual and cartographical sources both contemporary and modern; his work has been extremely thorough and, as he walked the route himself, it can be said that his research has no doubt been exhaustive in more ways than one. The result is definitive, a tribute to his scholarship, perserverance, and obvious devotion.

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For Complete Review, click to enlarge:

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See this link for online articles of

Journal of the Society for Army  Historical Research.

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See this link about the society, and this link to their website.

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