The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 2, 2013

Funeral for Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr. set for Saturday

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— MILTON — The Milton community is honoring one of its own who was killed in Afghanistan last week.

Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr., 32, in his third deployment to Afghanistan, was killed Sept. 26 in a green-on-blue incident, in which an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan national army uniform opened fire on a group of soldiers, in Paktya Province, Afghanistanan official at Fort Campbell, Ky., said.

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

Milton Area High School will honor Baysore during its homecoming football game Saturday at Alumni Stadium with a moment of silence, said Superintendent Cathy Groller.

Plans for Baysore’s viewing and funeral are also taking shape, with a visitation being held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Milton, followed by a Saturday funeral at 10 a.m. at the church, Groller said.

A memorial service was also conducted in Afghanistan in honor of Baysore, according to military officials.

Baysore will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.

Baysore was a contact of Any Soldier Inc., which coordinates care packages and supplies for soldiers deployed overseas and allows soldiers to update supporters. Baysore was the 100th Any Soldier contact to die in the line of duty, according to the site.

In his last update, dated Sept. 18, Baysore expresses his gratitude to those who sent letters, cards and packages.

“Your support and encouraging words have made this deployment that much more bearable,” he said.

Marty Horn, president of Any Soldier Inc., called Baysore “a very dearly loved contact.”

“SSG Baysore was our 100th loss,” he said. “That is one number I am not proud of or happy about at all.”

Baysore’s deployment to Afghanistan was his fourth, having served in Iraq in 2003, according to military officials.

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.

Baysore was a highly decorated soldier, earning numerous medals during his tenure in the armed services.

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.