During Memorial Day proceedings, the Illinois House of Representatives paused for the adoption of House Resolution 367, offered by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield). The resolution honored the life and service of Tremont native and U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Baker, who passed away on December 6, 2018 while serving our nation over the Sea of Japan.
“To those who knew Cpl. Daniel Baker, his encouraging nature and willingness to serve others stood out immensely,” said Butler. “It was this mentality that led him to enlist in the Marine Corps, where he excelled. By all accounts, he was exactly the kind of guy we wanted defending our freedoms.
“Although it was heart wrenching, I am so glad I was able to join the community of Tremont at the celebration of Daniel’s life in December. The outpouring of love from the community is a testament to the man he was and the life he lived. God bless Daniel, his family and all of our Gold Star families.”
Cpl. Daniel Baker was a 2015 graduate of Tremont High School and an Illinois State Scholar. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in the spring of 2016 as a KC-130j Crewmaster. He completed his Marine recruit training in August 2016 and earned a meritorious promotion to Private First Class. He later attended Corporals Training at MCAS Iwakuni, where he graduated top of his class and received an award for academic excellence in August 2018.
Cpl. Daniel Baker passed away on December 6, 2018 over the Sea of Japan when an F/A-18D Hornet and a KC-130J Hercules collided during an aerial refueling mission.
To watch the presentation honoring Cpl. Baker in the Illinois House, Click Here.