The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 27, 2013

Enemy kills Milton soldier

Staff sergeant in third deployment to Afghanistan

By Rick Dandes

The Daily Item

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A highly decorated Milton soldier was killed Thursday after being hit by enemy fire in Paktya Province, Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday.

Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr., 32, in his third deployment to Afghanistan, was killed in a green-on-blue incident, in which an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan national army uniform opened fire on a group of soldiers, an official at Fort Campbell said.

Baysore was struck on the left side of his neck. He was taken to taken to his post’s aid station, where he died of his wounds.

Baysore was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Ky., as a squad leader.

He joined the Army in June 2001 and was stationed at Camp Ederle, Italy.

Baysore was also assigned to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion in Harrisburg as a recruiter.  

He arrived at Fort Campbell in August 2010 and was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldier also fought in Iraq

He also served in Afghanistan prior to arriving at Fort Campbell in 2005 and again in 2010. Baysore also fought in Iraq in March 2003.

Baysore’s awards include three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, one Valorous Unit Award, one Army Superior Unit Award, four Army Good Conduct Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, one Iraq Campaign Medal with Arrowhead, one Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, one Army Service Ribbon, one Overseas Ribbon, one NATO Defense Medal, one U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge-Silver with two Gold Achievement Stars, three  U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge-Gold with three Star Sapphires, one Combat Infantryman’s Badge, one Expert Infantryman’s Badge, one Air Assault Badge, one Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge with Distinguished Device, Bronze Service Star, and one Expert Marksmanship Badge.

He is survived by his spouse, Jamie L. Baysore of Clarksville, Tenn., his son, Jamie L. Baysore, 5, of Clarksville, Tenn., his mother, Sandra Hackerberg, of Winfield, and his father, Thomas Baysore, of Milton.

n The Army, Fort Campbell Eagle Honors website and The Associated Press contributed to this report.