|Birth: ||May 17, 1975|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 2005, Afghanistan|
The East Oregonian, Pendleton, Oregon, Oct 5, 2005
Staff Sgt. Tane Travis Baum PENDLETON — Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Tane Travis Baum will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the National Guard Aviation Support Facility at 2100 N.W. 56th Drive, Pendleton. Full military graveside services will follow at Olney Cemetery. People wishing to honor Staff Sgt. Baum may line the funeral procession route which will proceed from the National Guard Armory to Westgate. It will then lead to Dorion, Main Street, and Emigrant Avenue where it will travel to Olney. He died in Deh Chopan, Afghanistan, in a helicopter crash.
Staff Sgt. Baum was born May 17, 1975, to Brenda Kulmann Davis and Danny R. Baum in Pendleton. He attended school in Pendleton and Athena and was active in soccer, cross country and basketball. He graduated from Weston McEwen High School in 1993. He met his wife, Tina May Broncheau, while in his senior year of high school. They married June 21, 1997.
Staff Sgt. Baum joined the Army National Guard in 1995 and chose a career in aviation with the CH-47 Chinooks. After training, he was hired full time at the Aviation Support Facility in Pendleton. He became a sergeant in March 2000. He served on various missions. In August, 2004 he was part of a major rescue mission at Mount Adams. He also crewed for fire seasons and went on various other missions for the state. Baum was deployed with D Company, 113 Aviation to Kandahar, Afghanistan in March, 2005. He was able to come home for his two weeks leave in August and enjoyed a trip to the Oregon Zoo in Portland with his wife and sons. He loved his family more than anything. He also enjoyed hunting with his brother, grandfather and friends every October, as well as riding motorcycles.
Survivors include his wife, Tina, and sons, Dyllon and Caelan Baum of Pendleton; his mother, Brenda and stepfather, Gary Davis of Athena; his father, Danny and stepmother Ruth Marie Baum of Pendleton; his brothers Thad Baum of Pendleton, Joseph Baum of Pendleton and Monty Davis of Athena; his sister, Elisabeth Davis of Athena; and his grandparents. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Delores (Aichele) Baum. Memorial contributions may be bade to the Sgt. Tane Baum Memorial Fund, c/o Community Bank, 1220 Southgate, Pendleton, OR 97801, or at any Community Bank Branch; or to Schools Plus Community Credit Union of Pendleton. Bishop Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
PENDLETON — The governor told several hundred people gathered at Staff Sgt. Tane Travis Baum's memorial service Thursday that Baum represented "all that is best in Oregon," and that he was "a model of the citizen soldier." Baum died Sept. 25, along with fellow Pendleton National Guard member Warrant Officer Adrian Stump, 22, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Baum and Stump were deployed to Kandahar in March with D Company, 113 Aviation Detachment. Their helicopter crashed while supporting troops in the field, but the Army has not announced the cause of the crash. Gov. Ted Kulongoski, speaking at the Army Aviation Support Facility, said the message of their deaths is unmistakable: "This conflict is not over." Kulongoski, a former Marine who has attended every funeral of an Oregon soldier killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, said he prays every morning during his walk that "no more of Oregon's sons and daughters be taken from us in either of the conflicts we're now engaged in." Baum and Stump were the first Oregon casualties since June and are the 51st and 52nd Oregon soldiers to die in the conflicts. The 30-year-old Baum was remembered as a loving husband and father who enjoyed hunting with family, motorcycles, and staying physically fit. "He was known to be very kind and happy," said Pastor Kenny Harrington, who officiated at the memorial service at the aviation facility and later at Olney Cemetery. "He was a shy, personal man but was always able to make friends." The massive bay of the aviation facility had chairs set up for 600. They were filled, and many other mourners stood during the service, which began and ended with bagpipe music.
Pallbearers Thad Baum, Rob Mansfield, Pat Robbins, Steve McDaniel, Monty Davis, Allen Kendall, Jason Langston and Rick Howland solemnly walked Baum's casket in and out under the giant mechanical door that's big enough to accommodate Chinooks. An American flag that covered much of the north wall and a Chinook served as backdrop for the speakers. "We've all lost an irreplaceable part of our lives and future," the governor said. But he added that Baum willingly went into harm's way "out of a profound sense of duty ... to defend our country and its values." Maj. Gen. Fred Rees of Helix, adjutant general of the Oregon National Guard, said he was proud of the steady growth of the Pendleton unit, beginning in the early 1980s with borrowed equipment. The unit now is sought after to perform "global missions ... Tane contributed to that." Baum joined the Army National Guard in December 1995 and was hired full time at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Pendleton in 1997, the same year he married Tina May Broncheau. They met when he was a senior at Weston-McEwen High School. Before joining the "War on Terror" in Afghanistan, Baum's Chinook crew was involved in several firefighting missions and a dramatic rescue on Mt. Adams in 2004. Rees posthumously awarded Baum the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, presenting them to his widow while his sons Dyllan and Caelan looked on. Baum's ribbon for duty in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Oregon Distinguished Service Award were displayed on a table near the entrance. Many at the memorial drove to Olney Cemetery afterward as the gray morning transformed into a brilliant fall day. Dozens of workers and residents stood along the roadway through town to show their support and respect, many holding flags and signs of support. At the cemetery, after a rifle salute, soldiers folded the flag that had been draped over Baum's coffin as the whacking of helicopter rotors grew louder. As Gen. Rees presented the flag to Tina Baum, a Chinook rumbled over the treetops in a final salute to the fallen soldier.
Aged 30. Killed in near Deh Chopan, Afghanistan when the helicoper he was in crashed. According to the reports "the conclusion was that it was hostile fire." He is the son of Danny & Brenda Baum (div). 1997 married Tina May Broncheau. They are the parents of Dyllon & Caelan. He is the grandson of Percy Baum. "Oregon Soldier laid to rest" by Jeannine Koranda Tri-City Herald, Tri-Cities (Kennewick) WA, 7 Oct 2005, Front Page & "Hostile fire linked to deaths of Guardsman" 9 Oct 2005, page A4 & "2005: Soldiers' death impact region" 1 Jan 2006, Page 1.
Also killed a the same time was Adrian Stump , also from Pendleton, OR
Thanks to Carrie McPeak aka Malena for sponsoring this memorial.
Maintained by: Cori Hoag
Originally Created by: Betty from OR
Record added: Sep 27, 2005
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