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Tom Baker (left) and Tom Walczak were both stationed at the Army’s Nike missile base in Roberts from 1965 to 1968 and are searching for others who were stationed there. They have a reunion in the works set for Aug. 23 in Roberts, where they will wear T-shirts with this logo. (Photo by Sarah Young)

Former Nike launcher crewmen search for comrades

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Tom Baker and Tom Walczak are on a mission: they want to find anyone who was stationed at the Nike missile base in Roberts and reconnect at a reunion set for next summer in Roberts.


“It’s a struggle,” Baker said. “A lot of people have dropped a landline.”

So far the two men have rounded up a few of their former comrades through word of mouth, searches on the computer and going to a local library. A call to the Army for a list of men proved fruitless.

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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