June 17, 2012

Fallen Hero: Cpl Taylor Baune, USMC

Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, 21, of Andover, MN, died June 13 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif

Baune enlisted in the Marine Corps on Sept. 4, 2008, 1st Marine Division officials said. The infantryman was serving his first deployment to Afghanistan.

His decorations include the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

Graveside service will be 1 PM Monday, June 25, 2012 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Please respect TJ's wishes by wearing colorful, cheerful clothing - no black.

Cpl Baune, a newlywed, was the 2,000th death in the decade-old 'War on Terror.'

Requiescat in Pace, Marine

This Nation Will Remain The Land Of The Free 
Only So Long As It Is The Home Of The Brave
  - Elmer Davis

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