Baez, Miguel, CPL

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2005-2008, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
2005 - 2008
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

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Home State
Georgia
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Year of Birth
1975
 
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Home Town
BONAIRE
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Feb 05, 2008
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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82nd Airbone Division


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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple Heart82nd Airborne Division AssociationCombat Infantrymen's AssociationIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
  2008, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, 82nd Airborne Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Combat Infantrymen's Association [Verified]
  2008, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Rifle
Bayonet
Grenade

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment
  2005-2008, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment/HHC
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February 7, 2008  


Cpl. Miguel Baez                             


Release #02-005                                                       


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper dies in Iraq


 


FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Muqdadiyah, Iraq Tuesday.


Cpl. Miguel A. Baez III, 32, of Bonaire, Georgia was an Assistant Machine Gunner with 1st Bn., 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (AIR), 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 82nd Abn. Div.


"Baez was the best kind of Soldier,” said 1st Sgt. Kevin Spooner, Baez’s company 1st Sgt. “He always volunteered and never hesitated to help out a brother."


Baez joined the Army in May 2005.  He completed Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia in August 2005 and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in October 2005.


Baez arrived to the 82nd Abn. Div. in October 2005 and was assigned to the 1st Bn, 325th AIR, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div.


"He was a clown, a loving father and a wonderful husband, he'll be greatly missed," added Spooner.


 Baez’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Parachutist’s Badge.


Baez is survived by his wife, Elena Deer-Baez; his children, Selena, Miguel, Aaliyah, and Breanna, all of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and his parents, Miguel A. Baez, Jr. and Ramona Baez, of Byron, Georgia.


Also killed was:


            Sgt. John Osmolski, 23, of Eustis, Florida


Editor’s Note:



   
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COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION, 325TH INFANTRY, 2 BCT, FORT BRAGG, NC LOCATION:AL M

Army Cpl. Miguel A. Baez

Died February 05, 2008 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

32, of Bonaire, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Feb. 5 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when he encountered an improvised explosive device during combat operations. Also killed were Sgt. John C. Osmolski and Sgt. Timothy R. Van Orman.
 

Paratroopers killed in Iraq in explosion

The Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Two paratroopers based in North Carolina have died from wounds they suffered in an explosion in Iraq.

The 82nd Airborne Division said Thursday that 23-year-old Sgt. John C. Osmolski of Eustis, Florida, and 32-year-old Spc. Miguel A. Baez III of Bonaire, Georgia died Tuesday. Both were fatally injured while conducting combat operations near Al Muqdadiyah.

Osmolski was a combat engineer with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Special Troops Battalion in the 82nd Airborne. His company commander, Maj. James Downing, said Osmolski was a “premier sapper” and would have been a leader in the engineer world.

Baez was an assistant machine gunner with the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. His company’s 1st sergeant, Kevin Spooner, says Baez always volunteered to help.

 

Comrades remember specialist as the ‘best kind of soldier’

The Associated Press

Army Spc. Miguel A. Baez III’s company first sergeant, Kevin Spooner, described Baez as the “best kind of soldier.”

“He was a clown, a loving father and a wonderful husband,” Spooner said. “He always volunteered and never hesitated to help out a brother. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Baez, 32, of Bonaire, Ga., was killed Feb. 5 by an explosive in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., and was on his first

deployment.

An assistant machine gunner, Baez joined the Army in May 2005. He completed Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in August 2005 and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga., two months later. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Miguel a few years ago,” Trudi-Ann Wilson wrote on an online bulletin board. “He was a loving father, son and husband. He also expressed such an amazing personality and spirit.

Baez is survived by his wife, Elena Deer-Baez, and his children, Selena, Miguel, Aaliyah and BreannaUQDADIYAH, IRAQ           Profile By SGT P.M Hanners

   
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