Gregory Baker

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Greg and his fiancee, Nancy Fischer, were returning from a vacation in Columbia to Greg’s post in the Dominican Republic when their plane crashed into mountains at the edge of the airport, killing everyone on board.

Photos shared by Greg’s brother, Jim.

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9 Responses to Gregory Baker

  1. Mark Dzubay November 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

    In August of 1971, I was a young soldier home on leave prior to my tour in Viet Nam. Also home in Berlin Ct, having finished college, was Greg Baker, a friend since grammar school. Greg came by to see me one day, and we hung out in the yard shooting the breeze.
    Greg was one of many young men of that time who faced a choice. No longer having a college draft deferment, Greg’s options included joining a branch of our military (Except the Coast Guard. They had more applicants than they could handle), wait and be drafted, join the Peace Corps, or leave the country.
    That afternoon Greg told me he was joining the Peace Corps. That was the last time I saw or spoke with Greg.
    I was back home in the States, unscathed, ski bumming and living in Vail Colo. when I learned that Greg and Nancy were killed in the plane crash.
    Every Memorial Day, it is my tradition to raise a toast to the service members this country has lost. I have always included Greg in this remembrance, as I believe that he too was serving his country.
    In the future, I hope those of you who read this will also include fallen Peace Corps volunteers in your Memorial Day observances.
    RIP Greg and Nancy.

  2. Nancy Brown May 30, 2020 at 5:16 pm #

    Jimmy , I remember your bothers well. I will always remember them and Happy and your Dad. Good, good people.

  3. Philip Dutkiewicz May 28, 2020 at 7:14 am #

    Greg was a best friend of mine. We grew up together in the bonding years of high school. I will carry those memories and feelings all my life. I also knew Nancy. Real nice girl. I think of them, both, often.

  4. Jeanne Taylor May 25, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

    Hi Jim, Jeanne Taylor here. I think of those two wonderful, happy people often. They come to mind a lot in menemsha, and when I am in the air in the Bahamas. I imagine them today! Wish it were so. Love , Jeanne

  5. Dave Rackliffe May 25, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    Jim, I didn’t know Greg had passed. What a tragedy but he obviously was doing something he loved to do. He was a great guy

  6. Joan Baker May 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

    So loved. So missed. Thank you for posting

  7. CHRIS Benson Rose May 25, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

    Thoughts & prayers go out to you Jim. I remember hearing of Greg’s death. Our hearts ached for your family. The unspeakable grief that parents and siblings endure when not only one, but two children die so young.

    • Jeanne Taylor May 25, 2020 at 6:48 pm #

      Also missing Steve.

  8. Jim Baker December 7, 2018 at 11:21 pm #

    Gregory Baker was my brother. We grew up in Berlin CT, sons of Lawrence and Harriet Baker. Greg served in the Dominican Republic.
    He died in an airliner crash during takeoff while returning there from Bogotá Columbia on August 27th, 1973. Today is Greg’s birthday, he would have been 68. I miss him.

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