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100-year-old WWII veteran gets COVID-19 vaccine

“Good genes” are the secret to a long life, according to Harry Baker, a 100-year-old World War II veteran from Wisconsin. Baker’s mother lived to be 104, and his wife, Pat, is now 98.”We met on the grade school baseball diamond,” Baker recalled. “She was the new girl in the game.”The two met in Milwaukee, and celebrate 77 years of marriage. “We live this long I think together because we’re courteous to each other,” he said. Harry and Pat have three children and seven grandchildren. Baker served in the United States Army for more than 20 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel, but not before serving during WWII. Baker said nothing will be scarier than the war, or worse than the Great Depression, however, he sees the COVID-19 pandemic as a major challenge. “When I was a little boy, my mother used to discuss the 1918 pandemic,” Baker said. “And I was surprised that it happened again, having believed all these years that it would never happen again. But it did.”On Thursday, Baker and his wife met another milestone and received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Kirkland Crossings in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.”Why did you choose to get vaccinated,” asked 12 News reporter Courtney Sisk. “To live longer,” Baker replied. Although he is thankful to be nearly first in line, he was shocked to learn younger people were not chosen before him.”I was a little surprised there are so many people who have not had it who are younger,” he said. He believes he should be further down the line given his age.Baker admits the pandemic brought on bouts of loneliness. He would try to read to combat those feelings but is hopeful the vaccine will help the world return to normalcy. When asked who he got the vaccine for, he replied ‘the good of mankind.'”It’ll do the job and protect both of us,” he said.The couple, along with other residents at Kirkland Crossings, will receive their second dose of the vaccine Feb. 25. Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

“Good genes” are the secret to a long life, according to Harry Baker, a 100-year-old World War II veteran from Wisconsin. Baker’s mother lived to be 104, and his wife, Pat, is now 98.

“We met on the grade school baseball diamond,” Baker recalled. “She was the new girl in the game.”

The two met in Milwaukee, and celebrate 77 years of marriage.

“We live this long I think together because we’re courteous to each other,” he said.

Harry and Pat have three children and seven grandchildren.

Baker served in the United States Army for more than 20 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel, but not before serving during WWII. Baker said nothing will be scarier than the war, or worse than the Great Depression, however, he sees the COVID-19 pandemic as a major challenge.

“When I was a little boy, my mother used to discuss the 1918 pandemic,” Baker said. “And I was surprised that it happened again, having believed all these years that it would never happen again. But it did.”

On Thursday, Baker and his wife met another milestone and received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Kirkland Crossings in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

“Why did you choose to get vaccinated,” asked 12 News reporter Courtney Sisk. “To live longer,” Baker replied.

Courtesy Coey Podraza

The Baker’s celebrate Harry’s 100th birthday

Although he is thankful to be nearly first in line, he was shocked to learn younger people were not chosen before him.

“I was a little surprised there are so many people who have not had it who are younger,” he said. He believes he should be further down the line given his age.

Baker admits the pandemic brought on bouts of loneliness. He would try to read to combat those feelings but is hopeful the vaccine will help the world return to normalcy. When asked who he got the vaccine for, he replied ‘the good of mankind.’

“It’ll do the job and protect both of us,” he said.

The couple, along with other residents at Kirkland Crossings, will receive their second dose of the vaccine Feb. 25.

100-year-old veteran and wife, 98, get COVID-19 vaccine

Courtesy Coey Podraza

The Baker’s

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