Medal of Honor recipient's family turned away at White House

Medal of Honor recipient's family turned away at White House

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 30 at 5:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Family of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker was denied access to the White House's West Wing on Saturday, a day after the World War II hero was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Baker's widow, Heidy, and grandson, Vernon Pawlik, 10, were denied entry because the boy was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. His shirt had a picture of his grandfather on it.

A White House Web site doesn't list a dress code, but the family had been invited to tour the West Wing, which houses the president's office and where casual dress is prohibited.

U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick's office says he's contacted the White House to express his disappointment.

Vernon Baker, of St. Maries, Idaho, was the last living black World War II Medal of Honor recipient.

The White House didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

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