Danny Baca
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Danny Baca

NAME

Danny Baca

HOME OF RECORD

Winslow

DATE OF BIRTH

10/03/1946

STATE

AZ

DATE OF DEATH

March 26, 2016

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Marine Corps

INDUCTION YEAR

2017

Biography

My husband Danny was born and raised in Winslow, Arizona, and was the oldest of five children. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1964 and attended college in Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona. When he was drafted in 1968 by the Army, but opted to enlist with the Marines. While in the Marines he became a Radio Operator and was part of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, and the 1st and 2nd Battalion of the 26th Marines. Danny was sent to Vietnam in 1969 where he saw action and participated in several operations throughout the country over that year. When he returned home in 1970, we were married in Yucca Valley, California, and remained married for 46 years until the time of his death in March 2016. Our first year of marriage was spent at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. Once honorably discharged as a sergeant from the Marines, Danny and I returned to Winslow, Arizona, where he became employed by the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)) and became an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Danny worked for the BNSF for over 30 years while dealing with his service related diabetes and unrecognized Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It took Danny many years after his time in Vietnam to acknowledge that he had PTSD, let alone be treated for it. Danny was proud to be a Marine and of his service to our country. Over our 46 years of marriage, Danny and I had two children, a daughter, Stacey, and a son, Paul. Danny was very proud of his children and pushed them both to excel in everything that they did. Danny loved spending time with his family, friends, horses and Scotties. In addition to his two children, he had five beautiful grandchildren, Tristan, Payton, Chloe, Brendan, and Sydney. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin, grandpa and friend. His four sisters, Margaret, Mary, Diane, and Janette, children and grandchildren and especially myself, love and miss him very much.