Baum, Ryan, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2004-2007, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
2003 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Order of Saint Michael


Ranger
Sergeant


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1979
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Aurora

Casualty Date
May 18, 2007
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Ranger Challenge Medical Shoulder Cord Order of Saint Michael (Silver)




 Military Association Memberships
25th Infantry Division AssociationMilitary Order of the Purple Heart509th Parachute Infantry AssociationWorldwide Army Rangers
Combat Medics AssociationIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)N/A
  2007, 25th Infantry Division Association [Verified]
  2007, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, 509th Parachute Infantry Association [Verified]
  2007, Worldwide Army Rangers
  2007, Combat Medics Association
  2007, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, United States Army Ranger Association, N/A (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Combat Medical 1st Award
Master Parachutist
Rifle
Bayonet
Grenade

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  2004-2007, 11B10, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2004-2007, 11B10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2004-2007, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  2004-2007, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2007 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)/Operation Grenada
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
'Ryan missed out on something spectacular'

Amber and Leia Baum, wife and daughter of Sgt. Ryan John Baum, spend time together at their home in Gettysburg Pa., Tuesday March 18, 2008.

 


Amber and Leia Baum, wife and daughter of Sgt. Ryan John Baum, spend time together at their home in Gettysburg Pa., Tuesday March 18, 2008.





Amber and Leia Baum, wife and daughter of Sgt. Ryan John Baum, spend time together Tuesday at their home in Gettysburg, Pa. Baum was killed May 18 near Karmah, Iraq.

 


Amber and Leia Baum, wife and daughter of Sgt. Ryan John Baum, spend time together Tuesday at their home in Gettysburg, Pa. Baum was killed May 18 near Karmah, Iraq. "To say losing him was devastating is an understatement," Amber Baum said.





A photograph of his daughter, Leia Ryan Baum, was placed inside the uniform of Sgt. Ryan John Baum during visitation at a funeral home in June 2007.

 


A photograph of his daughter, Leia Ryan Baum, was placed inside the uniform of Sgt. Ryan John Baum during visitation at a funeral home in June 2007. "That's all he wanted to do, is come home and put her on his chest," said Dana Baum, Sgt. Baum's mother.





Baum is pictured on his wedding day.

Baum is pictured on his wedding day.









  •  The baby without the father is not quite a year old now and has dad's easy-going nature and smile.





"The baby is a joy," said grandmother Dana Baum. "Leia is the happiest thing that ever walked - or is about to walk. Then there are times when I hold her and my heart breaks because I feel so much that Ryan missed out on something spectacular."


Sgt. Ryan John Baum, a 27-year-old Army Ranger and combat medic, died from wounds he suffered during a battle near Karmah, Iraq, last May 18.


The emotional wounds have cut through the family like shrapnel. His parents say they have some good days, some bad days and are just now learning to sit down and talk about it.


And back in Pennsylvania, where Ryan's wife, Amber, cares for 10-month old Leia, hate, anger, sorrow and loss sweep over her - sometimes keeping her in bed for days.


"I guess you can say my grieving process has been very slow. He was my life. He was everything. To say losing him was devastating is an understatement," she said. "But Leia helps me get up, and she makes me smile."


Amber lives with her parents and makes regular trips to Colorado to visit Ryan's family. For her, it's a way to keep the connection to her husband alive. And when she's not visiting his family, she makes sure photos of Ryan are all over the house in Pennsylvania.


She also has a necklace with his thumbprint in it that she traces her daughter's hand over and tells her, "That's daddy."


"I always talk to her using 'we' because I want to raise her in the way Ryan would've wanted," she said. "He so much wanted to be a part of this."


The plan this spring is for her to travel with Leia to Colorado to sprinkle her husband's ashes somewhere in the mountains.


Richard Baum, Ryan's father, said even though 10 months have passed, it doesn't take much to dredge up painful memories. He said when they recovered Ryan on the battlefield, they found the ultrasound of Leia in his pocket.


"This was going to be the highlight of his life," he said. "He was crazy about the baby even then."


At the funeral - the one Amber Baum couldn't attend because she was due with Leia any day - Dana Baum said soldiers needed to "concentrate on the job at hand" and to "get your head back in the game and come home" - mostly, she said, so other families don't have to experience what they have:


To watch a daughter grow up without a father to ever hold her. For Leia to only know him through pictures, a thumbprint on a necklace or through shared stories swapped by family members.


And for Leia Ryan Baum to always wonder how things might have been instead of just sharing his name.




   
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Ranger Soldier Gets Final Wish

 

Army Sgt. Baum, a 1997 graduate of Smokey Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Fallen Army Ranger Soldier Gets Final Wish

A qualified Army ranger Medic, ‘Doc Baum’ sadly lost his life on May 18th, 2007, after sustaining wounds when his unit came into contact with enemy forces in Karmah, Iraq.

His comrades described him as fine soldier, an amazing person, a father and a son who was talented, dedicated and proud. High school friends remember him as a kid who once defied authority but became a man who others on the front lines could count on.

Fallen Army Ranger Ryan Baum Gets Final Wish

Ryan had been just one day away from a two-week leave, in which he planned to return home to witness the birth of his first child, a daughter named Leia.

But Ryan’s strong morals not to let down his fellow troops, prompted him to volunteer for one final mission – clearly the rare breed who placed duty and sacrifice above his own needs and wants.

For the family, emotional wounds run deep, only now are they learning to talk about their loss. And back in Pennsylvania, where Ryan’s wife, Amber, cares for their young baby Leah, hate, anger and sorrow can keep her in bed for days. It’s purely the love for their child that helps her struggle on.

Amber, who lives with her parents, fills the Pennsylvanian home with pictures of her husband and also makes regular road trips back to Baum family home in Colorado. For her, it’s a way of keeping the connection with her husband alive.

And besides the loving collection of photos, Amber adorns baby Leia with another sentimental reminder, a necklace with Ryan’s thumb print.

Ryan’s father, Richard Baum, says painful memories are still easily triggered. He remembers how Ryan had loved babies and how excited he was to come home and hold his daughter close in his caring arms. When they recovered Ryan from the battlefield, an ultrasound of Leia had been found in his pocket.
Dana Baum, Ryan’s mother said,

“That’s all he wanted to do, is come home and put her on his chest,”

Sgt Ryan Baum's Last WIsh Made True

   
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