Four rows of ribbons, three to a row, incorporated into and framed by black wool fabric. Top row, left to right, is U.S. Navy Presidential unit citation, navy good conduct medal, and the American Defense service medal. Second row American Theatre Service medal, As/Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service medal, and European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal. Third row is the World War II Victory medal, World War II occupation medal, and China Service Medal. Bottom row is U.S. Korean Service Medal, U.N. Korean Service medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal(should be viewed with yellow ribbon at upper right-hand corner).
The medals, badges and ribbons in donation 1996.63 belonged to either Alma Plakke Baker or her husband Harry Baker.
Alma H. Plakke (1911-1997) was born in Holland, MI on 11-18-1911 to Cornelius Plakke (1886-1988) and Lena Brandt(1887-1989). They lived in Holland at 229 Howard Ave.
Alma enlisted in the US Navy on Nov. 7, 1942. She attended the Naval Reserve Midshipman School in Massachusetts in 1943. In 1949 Alma was assigned the position of secretariat of aviation personnel division in Washington, DC. In 1952 she was assigned the position of assistant to the military personnel officer at the Jacksonville, FL Naval Air Tech. Training Center.
Alma married Harry Baker (1912-1984) on 10-14-1954 in Japan. Sometime in the 1960s, Alma moved home to Holland, MI, where both her and Harry resided the remainder of their lives.
Alma served in the US Navy from 1942-1964. Harry served in the US Navy from 1929-1956. Both served in WW2 and the Korean War. Both were buried in the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Kalamazoo County, MI.
Gift ofBaker, Alma