Thursday, June 14, 2012
Defense Department Identifies Marine Casualty
Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, 21, of Andover, Minn., 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.
Cpl. Baune had just been married in March and is survived by his wife Colleen, 20; his father, Gary Baune, of Andover; a half brother and a half sister.
"He had a passion for life, loved to meet new people, never took a day for granted," Colleen said. "Once he had his mind set on something, he was stuck on it."
"He wanted us to get married so if anything happened to him overseas I was covered."