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2LT Stanley Martin Baker

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember 2LT Stanley Martin Baker.
American Legion Post 5 KIA Tribute 2015 - Stanley Baker

2LT Stanley Martin Baker
April 27, 1938 – May 20, 1967

Stanley Baker was born in Brattleboro, son of Robert and Margaret Baker. He was raised in the “Algiers” village in Guilford. He was educated in the one room school house in Algiers and attended Brattleboro High School.

Stan’s love of people was always evident no matter where he went. His love of family was always a priority. His respect for others, learned at an early age from a loving mother, who led by example. His faith in God carried him through tough times and allowed him to go wherever he was led, so he lived life to the fullest, and, as he said, “Until my number is up.”

As a young person he became a skilled wood- worker and would later in life make in-laid wooden trays and small tables.

He loved animals and as teenager he earned the money to purchase a horse, his beloved pinto named “Lady.” Upon purchase, he rode that horse from Bernardston, MA, to Algiers.

His love of music began in his home, where he learned to play guitar. There was no television so many hours were spent playing guitar with his brother, accompa- nied by his mother at the piano. Joined by his sister, all sang.

Stan joined the Army in 1956, during his senior year in high school and completed his high school in the service.

When the Vietnam War broke out, Stan was se- lected for Officer Candidate’s School at Fort Benning Georgia when in 1966 he was com- missioned a Second Lieutenant and a member of the Special Forces “Green Beret.”

Stan went to Vietnam after Fort Benning and served as a special Forces Team Leader. He died in combat on May 20, 1967 in Kien Tuong Province.

In addition to his brother Dennis and sister Bethany, both of Guilford, Stanley is survived by his three children: Sherry Sacchetti, Bradley Baker and Bryon Baker.

Historical Society Annual Public Meeting is Sunday

The Brattleboro Historical Society celebrates the many ages and stages of downtown with a slide show at its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at its History Center on 196 Main St.

Four years ago, newspapers statewide reported a seemingly insurmountable fire at the Brooks House. This fall, Vermont Life trumpets the building’s resurrection with a “Miracle on Main Street” cover story. The Historical Society program will illustrate how that Main Street change is just one of many over the past years, decades, and centuries.

Since its founding in 1982, the Historical Society has worked to shelter and share locally significant facts and artifacts so that present and future generations can learn from the past.

The all-volunteer group maintains a History Center at downtown’s Masonic building (open Thursday and Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.), a Municipal Center research/resource room (open Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon) and the Jeremiah Beal House in West Brattleboro.


The Brattleboro Historical Society and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are collaborating to generate ideas about how to increase community awareness and interest in Brattleboro’s 200-year printing and publishing heritage.

Community members interested in this topic are invited to a brainstorming meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 7PM at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Center at 196 Main Street.

The purpose of the meeting will be to gather ideas for ways to interest and engage our community in learning more about the influential roles that Brattleboro’s publishing and printing industries have played throughout our history.

By the early 1800s, Brattleboro was recognized as a major printing and publishing town in Vermont and New England. Ever since, these industries and businesses have made major economic, cultural and social contributions to the town and community. Today, with the emergence of digital publishing and printing, Brattleboro continues to be an incubator and innovative leader in the electronic world of printing and publishing.

For more information about the September 15th meeting, contact the Brattleboro Historical Society at or contact the Historical Society directly.