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SANTA FE – Retired Brig. Gen. Gilbert S. Baca, who found himself on the front lines of civil unrest in New Mexico several times during his career, died May 20 at age 84 in his Santa Fe home.
A native of Santa Fe, Baca was a 1954 graduate of Santa Fe High School, where he lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He went on to study and play basketball at New Mexico State University but left without graduating to become a professional soldier.
Baca enlisted at age 16 in the U.S. Army National Guard and became an officer in the National Guard in 1956.
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