Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

After 60 Years, Vet Gets Medals.(Journal North)

Byline: Gary E. Salazar Journal Staff Writer

Man Decorated On 78th Birthday

Nearly 60 years after Felix Baca was drafted to serve in World War II, the La Cieneguilla resident was honored with five medals and a pin for his three-year tour of duty.

On his 78th birthday Wednesday, Baca received his Good Conduct, American Campaign and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medals with three bronze stars during a small ceremony at the Vet Center in Santa Fe.

Baca was also awarded the World War II Victory Medal, an expert badge for machine gun and an pin in recognition of his honorable service in the war.

"It makes me feel good," Baca said as he looked at the medals that adorned his green dress shirt. …

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