|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1981|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2013|
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, of Milton, Pa., died Sept. 26, in Paktya Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned as a squad leader to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
He was born on October 21, 1981 in Shamokin and is the son of Thomas A. Baysore, Sr. of Milton and Sandra L. (Benfer) Hackenberg of Winfield. Thomas married Jamie L. Baysore, who survives, on October 02, 2007 and they celebrated six years of marriage together. He was a graduate of the Milton Area High School class of 2000. Thomas joined the Army in June 2001 and was stationed at Camp Ederle, Italy where he had various assignments including vehicle driver, rifleman, automatic rifleman, and fire team leader. He was also assigned to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion, Harrisburg as a recruiter.
Thomas was serving his third deployment. First deployment was in March of 2003 to Iraq, the second in 2005 to Afghanistan. During his military career, Thomas received numerous awards including; three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, one Valorous United 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 Ribbons, one Army Service Ribbon, one NATO Defense Medal. 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, one Expert Marksmanship Badge. In addition to these awards, Thomas was also awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his ultimate sacrifice to his country.
Thomas was a member of First Baptist Church, Milton. He enjoyed motorcycles, guns, his BMW, snowboarding in the Alps, traveling and his love for the Army. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his son, playing cars, planes and helicopters.
In addition to his parents and wife Jamie, Thomas is survived by his five year old son, and three sisters.
Note: Interred October 15, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 60, Site 10535
Created by: Sue
Record added: Sep 27, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117722489