Thursday, June 14, 2012

Defense Department Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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." 


  1. Cpl Baune was 11 years old when the war in Afghanistan first started. All he has known in his too short life is war.

    Does that bother people? I fear not, as long as it is not their child. My condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

  2. Your point is a good one. And, no, I don't think it will bother most people as one the biggest problems with both of our recent wars has been the complete lack of shared sacrifice in our country. We've been at war for 11 years and that fact has actually only touched a very tiny segment of our population.


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