Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Spc. Brian K. Baker

27, of West Seneca, New York.
Baker died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his security patrol. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on November 7, 2004.

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"Brian was one of my best friends, soon after I graduated Basic training and was sent to Hawaii, I ended up in the same plattoon. We had alot of great times, he was a good person with a big heart. I owe alot to him, and it still hurts to think that his life ended the way it did. I remember the good times, and am happy to have known him. He was tough, and one of the best people to have on your team. B co. 2-5 Infanrty (1998-2001)"
SFC Brian W. Smart of Detroit, Michigan

"To the family of:Brian K.Baker
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. My family thanks you for your sacrifice and our freedom as a result."
Eric Hill of Starkville, MS

"Brian was and is my best friend. My name is Ryan Jeffers and I was Brian's roommate from 2000-2003. He was my best friend. He was the guy that I would lend my truck to and risk my life for.He was and always will be my best friend.I never got to meet his family but I am sure he talked about me and him at some point. He did meet my entire family and they loved him dearly. He was not only a friend, he was a part of our family and always will be. If you need anything let me know and to Brian's family if you want to meet me then you can contact me any time. God Bless you Brian and I think about you everyday. I also went through with what we talked about a long time ago and unfortunately it happened and I have a tattoo for you on my arm. I would really like to meet Brian's family and if you want to meet me then you can look me up at fort knox. Thank you and good bye"
ryan jeffers of fort knox, ky

"I was attached to the 2-14, 10 MTN in Iraq just before Brian was KIA. I never knew Brian but I attended his memorial at Camp Victory. God Bless him and his family."
MSG(ret) Chuck Travers of Newbury Park, CA

"Brian, although I had not seen or talked to you since 01 when I departed for Bragg I often looked back at my time in Hawaii with fondness. You were always helpful to me and I learned so much from you. Thank you. God Bless you and your family."
Robert Esquivel of Stockton, CA(Home of Record)

"It has been 5 years now. This is to a friend that will never be forgotten. Baker you will always be in my memories."
Gary McAllister of Chattanooga, TN

"Thnk you to all who have sent messages. I am one of Brian's many aunts. Brian will always be loved and missed."
Mary of Hamburg, NY

"I did not know Brian that well but I served with him in Iraq in 2004. I was with him that day when the car bomb detonated and I held his hand all the way to the aid station. I think about him all the time and I just wanted to let his family know that I'm sorry for their loss."
Jacob Martin of Port Orchard, Washington

"This man will never be forgoton!! My husband was roomateswith him right before he was sent off. I remember when he met his wife off the internet!!! He was a great friend of mine that I will"NEVER" forget. I am thankful for that till the day I die!! He is so amazing andI hate that know onw else will ever feel that!! I remember when you alway came to visit me in cnanda.... best memories!I love you and miss you me and Travis, travis your roomate Bry!! Good times!! LOL XXOO ALWAYS"
Danielle of Burlington,Ontario, Canada

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Brian K. Baker:
Brian gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"My deepest sympathy goes out to Brian and his family, my husband was stationed at Ft. Drum, when he met two amazing men, Jason, and BRIAN. They became close friends. Brian is a memeber of our family, not a day goes by that our family does not think about Brian. Our daughter remembers back when BRIAN and her used to try and step on each others feet. We are sorry for your loss. It deeply saddened my husband to here about Brian but never sorry that he got to serve with such an outstanding soldier as Brian. Brian will always been in our prayers and thoughts for the rest of our lives. Brian we love and miss you dearly."
Jesse and Christina Templeman of Tampa, Florida

"Brian:

I did not know you, but I used to work with your mother for a number of years. I have not forgotten you or the sacrifice that you (and your family) made in defense of our freedom, especially on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.

One significant measure of the success of our lives here on this Earth is how those we leave behind remember us.

I often think of the story told below by Mr. Montesines. All by itself, it speaks volumes about your character and the kind of man that you were.

I wish there were many more people like you in this world.

May you rest in peace."
Joe of Western New York

"To The Family And Friends of Brian K. Baker,
I was leaving a message for my lost friend Ryan Travis Baker and I came across today's date Nov. 7. It has been two years since your lose. Please accept my dearest sympathy. I pray that the pain will be comforted by his loving memories which you spent together. He is a hero and thanks to men like him for our freedom.
God Be With You,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"I was the Command Sergeant Major for 2nd Bn, 14th Inf at Fort Drum, NY from Jul 01 - July 02. I knew Brian. He was one of my troops and I miss him. Men like Brian are the reason why this country is still free. We owe him. I was proud to have served with this fine warrior.

God Speed Baker...

CSM Greer"
Steve Greer of Eastman, GA

"Dear Baker family and friends, my name is Courtney Leach and I go to college in Virginia. My professor along with other professors have started a project inwhich each semester an english student picks a name of a fallen solider from the a long list of names. Her intentions with this paper is to give each of these heroes a proper tribute on how they lived their lives and who they were as a person, rather than a blog of how they passed on. After all of the names are taken my professor is going to publish the works for everyone to read. So, if anyone would like to say anything about who Brian was, and does not mind being published, please email me at cml@2email.vccs.edu. Thank you for your time and god bless."
Courtney Leach of Virginia Beach, VA

"you have served your country well and will never be forgotten. I decided to google my name Brian K. Baker and found this site. I was also a specalist in the military and was also called just "Baker". I felt it my duty to post this due to the similiarities. May god watch over your family, while you are absent from the, "Baker."
Brian K. Baker of Stanford, Kentucky

"To the Baker family, I am the aunt of Pfc Charles Steven Cooper Jr. who died on April 29th 2005. He was from Jamestown, NY. Thank you for your message about Charles. I want to express my sincere condolences for your loss, time has passed but I am sure it feels like yesterday. The pain is unbearable, but these guys are soldiers of god and are watching over us and guiding us each day. To Brian, Thank you for you sacrifices, for our freedoms in the USA. You are missed and will be carried in my heart forever. God Bless you, Baker family."
Cheryl of Gerry, NY

"Brian used to be my family Ive known him since the day I was born. He held me at the hospital and now he's gone, just like that hes leaving family and friends behind. People that will never forget him. I know i won't!!
I will always love Brian Baker and his family.You can call me anytime
716-942-9959"
Shannon Schiefer of West Valley, NY

"Brian was a good man. I met Amy online before they got married and we became friends bc both of us were marrying soldiers stationed at Fort Drum and we were both from Texas. After we both finally moved up there, we met up for the first time and became instant friends. My husband JOn and Brian became close right away, they loved to fish together and we all hung out and played cards all night long. Memories that we will hold in our hearts for ever. Though we only knew Brian for a short time, it was though we had known him our whole lives. Amy, you are my best friend and Jon and I are here for you and your family no matter what happens. We can't even express the pain we are feeling for the loss of Brian, but we know he is watching over all of us and making us strong. Brian will never be forgotten. We love you guys and you all are in our prayers each and every night. God Bless.
Love
Chelsea and Jonathan Campbell"
Chelsea Campbell of Boerne Texas

"He will never be forgotten.. he lives in our hearts forever"
Jessica of new jersey

"Amy, My name is Chris Toney. I was stationed with Brian in Hawaii. I remember the day he arrived, he was a good friend and a very good man. I remember alot of good times with him and Welte(Phil) SFC Neurenburg was our PSG before we all parted and left. I just found out yesterday about Brian. He was a good man and great friend. I have alot of pictures of one of the deployments we did while in Hawaii ANd am going to scan them to disc if you want tehm please let me know. You can contact me at chrisltoney@yahoo.com"
Chris Toney (spc) of Decatur , Alabama

"i meet brian 2 yrs ago online we became good friends, and then he started talking to my best friend amy. brian made amy really happy they got married last year. brian was a real nice guy he was funny, and was a good friend who was always there when i needed to talk to someone. we'll miss you very much...."
becca mayhle of ft. lewis , wa

"To Brian's Family-i was surfing the web when decided to look for soldiers that i knew and got acquanted with in the past, one of them was Baker, as we call him in the company. I typed his full name in one of the sites in the web and when his name popped up i immediately clicked on it. Not knowing that he was KIA. There were no words to describe how i felt at the moment, all i know was it made me very angry...Sir, Ma'am , I knew Brian from when he was still a private. I witnessed him moved up in ranks and until the day he left our old unit in Hawai'i. Brian was one of the nicests person i have ever met, i remember when we did an 18 mile footmarch in "Kahuku", the platoon i was marching with was on point and Brian's platoon was in the middle of the formation. After we reached the 12 mile mark my body just couldn't go on anymore, i suppose my small built had a lot to do it, so i started falling out of formation, soldiers started passing me with some of them making bad remarks of how weak i was and some of them giving me the encouragement that i could do it, but Brian was different from all of them because Brian helped me and took most of the load that i was humping. During the march he kept offering me his own personal canteen telling me that i should hydrate, and so i did, which gave me little strenght, enough to caught up with my platoon. I told him i think i'm fine now and so he handed me the equipment that he carried for me, and that's when i noticed that judging by the way he walked and the bulk of his rucksack together with the machine gun, plus accessories hanging form his load bearing vest, I noticed that he was carrrying more than my own body weight! I felt shame to myself and could only admire the action that your (son, husband) performed. I caught up with my platoon and pushed myself to finish the rest of the hike with them, thinking that if i fall behind again Brian would kill himself to carry my load just so i could make it to the finish...I am an immmigrant to this country and to my own point of view this place wouldn't be called the "United States of America" if not for people like him. What i don't understand is "Why such a thing have to happen to people like him?" My deepest condolences for your loss...
To Brian-I will never forget you, man, especially the way you laugh and the sound of your laughter."
neil montesines of Salinas, CA, USA

"Specialist Baker, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Brian's family - my deepest condolencses on your loss. I knew Brian very well - I was his PSG while at the 25th. He was the gunner for Gun 1. Brian always did his job, and never whined about it. I remember having get together's at the house, and my then 7 y/o daughter grabbing his hat, and Brian chasing her around the yard and her laughing while being chased by "Mr. Brian". It was a pleasure to have worked with him."
Mike Nuernberg of Ft. Richardson, AK

"Brian Baker will always be remember as a hero by his friends and comrades in B Co 2-14, to his wife and children we send our deepest condolences."
SSG Lindstrom of Ft Drum, NY

"To the family of Brian;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Brian is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Brian, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Brian K. Baker."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the Baker family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by the lost of Brian! An our heart and prays are with you and the family. We endured the lost of our son to the war and or terrorism. Like Brian, our son was stationed at Fort Drum. Reassigned to Veslick, Germany then on to Iraq. I'm extremely, proud of Brian. For being and doing the job he enjoyed. Very few can say that today! Brian is the elite of all AMERICAN"S! Brian has touched many lives. Within his family, friends, neighbor's, the community and his military family. Brian and Gregory,are now together watching over us."
leonard wahl of Valley Stream, N.Y

"To the friends and family of Spc. Brian Baker,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully,"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"Dear Baker family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My nephew Sgt. Andy Brown also was based in Fort Drum for a while. He was 10th mountain. We lost him on Oct. 8, 2004 and we know first hand the pain your heart feels. Your whole family is in our prayers."
Colleen Kelly of Pleasant Mount .Penna.

"This message is to Brians family. My son Jason was Brians roommate for 3 years while serving in the US Army and was a very good friend. The pain Jason and my family feel can't even compare to your loss. You will constantly be in our daily prayers."
Deb Winesickle of Bedford, PA

"To Brian's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"This message is being left at the request of 1LT Grinde. Dennis wrote me an email and asked that I leave a brief message in memory of SPC Baker. Grinde wrote "he fought like hell trying to hold on but he didn't make it... he was precious and nothing can bring him back." Dennis wants Brian's wife and family to know they are in his prays, Brian was a brave and good man, he will always be remembered."
Laddie Bata of Grand Forks, ND, US

"To Brian's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Brian Baker, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Brian Baker:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Brian for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Brian Baker:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Brian, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on