Nightly News   |  January 30, 2012

War hero honored

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to Master Sgt. John F. Baker, who served during the Vietnam War. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> memorial services were held on friday for john baker , a recipient of the medal of honor . he grew up in iowa and served in vietnam in 1966 and witnessed what was later called something close to hell. his company came up against an overwhelming north vietnamese force. the men who lived to tell it about it survived thanks to john baker . he saved eight of his cam raids and single-handedly destroyed six machine gun nests and killed ten enemy soldiers. president johnson placed the medal around his neck a year later. now there are just 83 living recipients.