Robert Baum

Robert Baum

World War II veteran

Shown on right is Robert Baum, 95, field cook, U.S. Marines. On the left, Baum poses for a picture at Pearl Harbor. "I was 17 when I enlisted," said Baum. "I had gone that morning on the bus with my dad on his way to work. I went to the reporting office to sign my papers and right then and there they put me on a train to Chicago. I didn’t even have a sweater. I never saw my father again. He died while I was in the Pacific." Baum is the great-grandfather of freshman Penn State student Kiersten Lee.

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