Bo Baker was born on July 22, 1930 and died March 24, 1980, Bad Tolz, Germany. A Searcy native, he was the son of Bertha Lee Baker (Obit) and the late Adolphus H. Baker.
He was a 1949 graduate of Searcy High School and attended the University of Arkansas September 1949 - December 1950 on an athletic scholarship. He was a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team.
He enlisted in the US Air Force in December 1950 and served until December 1953.
He enrolled in the University of Arkansas in 1954 and graduated in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army following his graduation from the U of A then attended Basic Infantry Officers Course, Airborne School and Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
May 1957 - April 1958 Platoon Leader with 9th Division, Ft. Carson, Colorado.
He was a Pathfinder, a Ranger, and a Master Paratrooper.
PROMOTIONS: Dec 1957 - 1LT Aug 1961 - CPT Apr 1966 - MAJ Sep 1969 - LTC Feb 1977 - COL
MEDALS: Silver Star, Bronze Star w/OLC, Air Medal w/OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/2OLC, Meritorius Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal was awarded post-humously.
AWARDS: Combat Infantrymans Badge, Expert Infantrymans Badge, Master Parachutist badge, Republic Vietnam Parachutist Badge, West Germany Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Received a Master's of Science in Public Administration from George Washington University August 1968.
On April 15, 1980, Baker was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Also in 1980, Germany and the U.S. Army renamed the air field at Flint Kaserne, Bad Tolz, Germany as the A.J. "Bo" Baker Army Air Field.
In 1981, the A.J. "Bo" Baker Chapter XXX 1Oth Special Forces Association was organized in New Orleans. In 1983, Bo Baker Post 350 of the American Legion was formed in Searcy.
Baker was a member of First Baptist Church of Searcy, a Mason, Shriner, and a charter member of the Searcy Chapter of the Order of DeMolay.