SSGT Justin Bauer, Paratrooper from 2/505th Killed in Action
Friday, January 16, 2009– SSGT Justin Bauer, 24, of Berthoud, Colo., was killed by an explosion near his patrol Saturday, January 10, the Defense Department said. Bauer was a section sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. His memorial service was held earlier today in Baghdad.
SSGT Bauer joined the Army in 2005 and had already completed two deployments to Iraq. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and parents with two younger brothers.
I mentioned in a post the other day that my son’s unit had a bad day last Sunday, the 11th, and I had to wait for the official press release before I could publish the details.
Take some time today to thank God for our soldiers, pray for the widow and family of SSGT Bauer, pray for the men of the 2/505th and pray for victory in Iraq.
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Update from Sunday, January 25th, 2009–
FALLEN HERO UPDATE
SSG Bauer was laid to rest on January 20, 2009 in Loveland, CO with support from three amazing communities, Loveland, Berthoud, and Longmont. Several key leaders from the Fort Bragg community were in attendance, including the Commander and Command Sergeant Major of the 82nd Airborne Division, MG Scaparrotti and CSM Capel. In attendance were three community fire departments, local and state police departments, as well as, sheriffs, the Patriot Riders, and about 1,500 people. Together, the community showed their support by lining the route with a procession that was nearly three-miles long. Although this passing has brought us great sorrow, it has brought us together as a family, and as a team.