Quantcast

Twin Veterans Celebrate their 92nd Birthday - KOAM TV 7

Twin Veterans Celebrate their 92nd Birthday

Updated:
PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

Twin brothers, Louie and Johnie Baima celebrate their 92nd birthday together. The two men have been inseparable since birth in Dunkirk, Kansas and that proved to be true all through their lives, including going to war. That was despite a government policy against sending siblings to fight at the same time. 

"We told them, if you don't leave us together, we can save the government a lot of money and they said "What do you mean?" (I said) you see that big house over there? it's a prison. Just send us both over now, cause that's where we're both going to be" says Louie Baima, the older twin, by ten minutes.

So they stapled their records together and  were off to fort Leavenworth for training in the horse Calvary.
They went from trainees to trainers when they were sent to China

"They had us training Chinese soldiers and they was supposed to learn our tactics and then we was going to invade Japan" says Johnie.

The 18-year-olds took the train from Shanghai to Bombay, India, ending up in Burma.  

"So they took so many of us young guys and we went up and filled in for Merrill's Marauders."

Many troops in Merrill's Marauders were getting killed, so they needed recruits.

"Our colonel met us and he said "You guys don't have no rifles" they didn't give us any. They said "take the guns off the dead guys"

Their leaders made Louie a B.A.R. Man and Johnie was his assistant. 
 Merrill's Marauders  all later received a bronze star.

Fast forward more than 70 years later, these decorated veterans gather with their friends and family to  celebrate their 92nd birthday.

"We are honored to be able to do this and honor them for their service and their dedication to our country" says Pat Baker. 

The ladies from Quilts of Valor presented and wrapped the honored  men in their red white and blue blankets, made in recognition of their sacrifice and valor, but  also to  give them comfort.

The brothers were also nominated to be members of the 2018 Honor Flight.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Suppression Systems Help Douse Fire at Joplin Food Company

    Suppression Systems Help Douse Fire at Joplin Food Company

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:40 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:40:57 GMT

    Joplin crews work a fire at a frozen food plant.

    More >>

    Joplin crews work a fire at a frozen food plant.

    More >>
  • MSSU Avoids Million Dollar Fine By Tweaking Its Tuition Increase

    MSSU Avoids Million Dollar Fine By Tweaking Its Tuition Increase

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:25:49 GMT
    Tuition is still going up at Missouri Southern State University, but it's tweaking the cost increase to credit hours to avoid a state fine. Missouri Southern's Board of Governors approved a 15 percent increase in student tuition last April, upping credit hours by $30. But state education law doesn't allow tuition increases beyond the consumer price index. To avoid a $1.1 million fine, MSSU adjusted down the tuition increase to $20 more per credit. "It was supposed...More >>
    Tuition is still going up at Missouri Southern State University, but it's tweaking the cost increase to credit hours to avoid a state fine. Missouri Southern's Board of Governors approved a 15 percent increase in student tuition last April, upping credit hours by $30. But state education law doesn't allow tuition increases beyond the consumer price index. To avoid a $1.1 million fine, MSSU adjusted down the tuition increase to $20 more per credit. "It was supposed...More >>
  • Joplin Jamboree Highlights

    Joplin Jamboree Highlights

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:25:26 GMT
    Highlights from Joplin's football jamboree with Lamar, Webb City and Seneca Friday night. More >>
    Highlights from Joplin's football jamboree with Lamar, Webb City and Seneca Friday night. More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.