Milton man, 32, killed in Afghanistan

MILTON – A Northumberland County man serving with the Army in Afghanistan died there Thursday after being struck by enemy gunfire.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., 32, of Milton, was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army uniform who opened fire on a group of soldiers, according to the Department of Defense.

Baysore, who was struck on the left side of his neck, was taken to his post aid station, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Baysore was assigned to Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., as a squad leader.

He joined the Army in June 2001 and was stationed at Camp Ederle, Italy, where he had a variety of assignments, including vehicle driver, rifleman, automatic rifleman, and fire team leader. He was also assigned to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion., Harrisburg, as a recruiter.

Following his assignment there, Baysore arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in August 2010 and was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. He deployed once prior to arriving at Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2005, and again with the Division in 2010. He also deployed to Iraq in March 2003.

His awards include three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, one Valorous Unit 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 Ribbon, one Army Service Ribbon, one Overseas Ribbon, one NATO Defense Medal, one U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge-Silver with two Gold Achievement Stars, three 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, and one Expert Marksmanship Badge

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

A memorial ceremony will be conducted in Afghanistan.