Edwin 'Ted' Baker
Ted was born on December 20, 1923 in Eugene, OR.  He signed up for the draft after World War II broke out, then attended the University of Oregon in 1942 before being called to active duty in the U.S. Army in April 1943.  After completion of basic training, Ted was shipped to the Fiji Islands an infantry man with the 182nd Infantry Regiment.  While there, his unit became part of the 23rd Infantry Division which became known as the Americal Division.  His unit was sent to the island of Bougainville in the Solomon Island chain.  He was wounded in action and survived time behind enemy lines before working his way back to the American lines.  He was discharged from the Army in October 1945.  He completed his Business Degree at the University of Oregon, and joined the staff of the Eugene newspaper, the Eugene Register Guard which was owned and operated by the Baker family.  He retired in 1988 at the age of 65 holding the position of General Manager of the business. Ted's first wife (they had a son and two daughters) of 29 years passed away, and he married again and has 33 years with his current wife who had three sons from her prior marriage.  Ted turned 96 on December 20, 2019.  Ted went on his Honor Flight in May 2015.
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