Larry John Bauguess, Jr was born in Wilkes County in December of 1970. He grew up playing a game that so many of our children play; baseball. He started with T-ball and played the community league teams all through his youth. He played on the Junior Varisty and Varsity baseball teams at Wilkes Central High School 1987 through 1989. His coaches always remember him as a player always willing to jump in and help with any task, to boost the team up when morale was low, and to set an example of exemplary sportsmanship.
However, when baseball didn't work out when he went to college at Appalachian State University, he thought maybe his athletic career was over. Walking across campus one day, he saw the ROTC students rappelling down the side of a building. That moment changed his life, and he decided that the US Army was a new team to which become dedicated. He was known to take a bat, a ball, and two gloves with him on deployments all over the world. Many soldiers have memories of playing catch with him across the globe.
On May 14th, Major Larry J. Baugess, Jr. was killed in Pakistan after helping conduct a meeting to abritrate a border dispute between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He had been working with NATO and using international leadership skills on a global scale. He was a highly decorated soldier, a devoted family man, and an individual who would always give everyone he met encouragement and inspiration. He was the highest ranking officer from Wilkes County to die in service since the Civil War.
Larry is survived by his wife, Wesley, and two beautiful girls, Ryann and Ellie. He also leaves behind a younger brother, Terry; a younger sister, Laura; and his parents John and Martha. He also leaves behind countless soldiers, classmates, teamates and friends who have been made better people because of his involvement in their lives.
Awards And Commendations
Awards and Decorations Include:
Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Military Schools Completed:
Infantry Officer's Basic Course
Air Assault Course
Strategic Mobile Planning
Infantry Officer's Advanced
U.S. Army Jumpmaster
Command and General Staff College