They came not to mourn, but to celebrate a life.
Family and friends came to Fort Jackson Friday to remember 66 year old John Baker. Baker collapsed and died in his home January 20.
The Vietnam War veteran was a Medal of Honor recipient after rescuing his several of his fellow soldiers during a 1966 ambush attack. Retired General Robert Foley, who was a member with Baker in the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, said his leadership motivated others.
"In every combat mission we were in, John displayed outstanding leadership ability, a deep care, and a concern for fellow soldiers and an unmitigated desire to do the right thing."
2nd Battalion Colonel Drew Meyerowich said that leadership earned Baker the nation's highest award, but he remained humbled.
"The medal is not the man. The man is the medal. The citation paths the picture of a giant. But meeting the man, knowing the man was truly what made me see this 5'2 man as a giant."
Baker will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.