On Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams commemorated the passing of World War II veteran Vernon Baker, recounting that "He fought and fought hard for his country, even though his country didn't want him fighting alongside some others in the Army under the same flag." Baker fought the Nazis in Italy where he "killed nine German soldiers single-handedly and took out a machine gun nest that was directing fire on his men."
Williams -- who has a history of sometimes devoting time on his show to honoring such decorated veterans like Colonel Robert Howard and Lieutenant John Finn -- informed viewers that Lieutenant Baker received the Distinguished Service Cross, before adding: "But then, over 50 years later, after the Pentagon looked back over the service records of decorated African-American soldiers, President Bill Clinton corrected the record, presenting the Medal of Honor to seven men who had served. Baker was the only one still alive."
Below is a complete transcript of the report from the Wednesday, July 14, NBC Nightly News: