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1944 Photo of Sgt. Baker Digging Out Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That soldier looks awfully clean for being in the process of digging out a jeep. Even the lighting looks staged to me.

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“1944 Press Photo Sgt. John Baker digs a Jeep out of the Marianas Island mud. This is an original press photo. A 7th AAF base in the Marianas — Staff Sgt. John W. Baker, 920 York Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, transportation sergeant for a 7th AAF fighter group in the Marianas, slugs it out with General Mud, which occasionally masters even the powerful jeep. A modern building program is rapidly doing away with such troubles as these as Americans convert the Marianas into giant air bases. Baker, a veteran of the Saipan operation, formerly worked as a machine operator for the G & G Manufacturing Company, now the Crosley Corp. in Cincinnati. He holds the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in rescuing trapped crew members from a crashed and burning bomber in the Hawaiian Islands last December.Photo measures 8.25 x 10inches. Photo is dated 12-08-1944.”

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