The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 4, 2013

Funeral services Saturday morning for Milton soldier killed in Afghanistan

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— MILTON — Services for a Milton soldier killed in Afghanistan last week are scheduled for Saturday morning.

Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr., 31, 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, an official at Fort Campbell, Ky., said.

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

Baysore with a moment of silence during its homecoming football game Saturday in Alumni Stadium, school Superintendent Cathy Groller said.

A visitation will be held today from 9 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church in Milton, followed immediately by a funeral ceremony.

A memorial service was conducted in Afghanistan in honor of Baysore, according to military officials. Baysore will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on a later date, according to his obituary.

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

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

He enjoyed motorcycles, guns, his BMW, snowboarding in the Alps, traveling and his love for the Army, according to his obituary. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his son, playing with cars, planes and helicopters.

The family will light lanterns in his memory at 5 p.m. Saturday and has asked that anyone wishing to do so turn on outside lights or light candles in his memory, according to his obituary.

The family is also requesting any memorial contributions to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.