Pennsylvania History Harvest

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    Interview with Henry Baylor conducted during the Milton History Harvest, March 4 , 2017

    William H. Baumer, a veteran of the Korean War, was posthumously awarded this Presidential Memorial Certificate signed by President George W. Bush.

    Presidential Memorial Certificates are awarded to deceased veterans who are eligible for burial in a national cemetery. The certificate bears the signature of the president at the time of the veteran's death.

    This collection of photographs shows Major William Baumer returning home from his service as a pilot for the United States Air Force during the Korean War. One photograph depicts William Baumer kissing his nephew, a young Henry Baylor.

    Major William Baumer spent approximately two and a half years imprisoned in Peking, China (modern-day Bejing). Baumer was originally sentenced to eight years in the prison and was held on accusations of being a spy. Twelve other American's faced the same situation. President Eisenhower worked to shorten the sentence and to ensure better treatment; part of Baumer's time at the prison camp was spent in solitary confinement.
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