Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ronald W. Baker

34, of Cabot, Arkansas.
Baker died in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on October 7, 2004 in Taji, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol vehicle. He was assigned to the 39th Support Battalion, Arkansas National Guard, Lonoke, Arkansas. Died on October 13, 2004.

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"Baker family. Thank you for your sacrifice to our great nation. Your husband and dad is not forgotten."

"Ron will forever be remembered by your Cabot High Class of 1988. You were always brave and stood up for your beliefs. You were also the toughest guy I ever knew. You will never be forgotten , thank you for your service & sacrifices. Baker family you will always be in our prayers and hearts. Thank You!!"
Merideth Henry of Lonoke, AR/USA

"I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of the medics working at Balad the day he was injured and I have thought of him so often. We were devastated to find out he passed away in Germany and I even remember his nurse (from Australia) cried when she found out. I will never forget him and pray for his family often. RIP!"
Tammy of Colorado

""OUTLAW" Ronnie... how your missed bud! Its now Oct. 15th 2010 6 years this week when i last heard your words . " MOUNT UP Fu**er time to pop smoke on that supply mission.... just know that we miss you BATTLE and not a day goes by without you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.... Why is the Sky Blue? You know the answer bud!!"
Sgt. Hernandez Xavier of Albuquerque NM ..

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Ronald W. Baker:
Ronald 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

"I am finding this out rather late and still can't believe it.I went to school with Ron and even remember him giving me a ride home in his black sports car.It's hard to think that someone you practically grew up with is now gone.My heart goes out to his wife,daughter and family.Ron will be missed but his spirit lives on.God Bless"
Vera Rose of Bedford,Texas/USA

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of Ron. I look at his picture I took that week remembering the things we would talk and laugh about. My favorite was, he called his father "pops". We became friends at Fort Hood and I know it would have been a lasting friendship. My thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones, My God watch over you. I miss you Ron. SGT Neal, Madisonville,Tx."
Les Neal of Madisonville, Texas,USA

"I have suffered deeply over the death of my best friend ron baker and often felt it was my fault. Ron and I were in the Lonoke Unit togather, and I wanted to go to infantry school and asked ron to go with me. Ron was gung ho and went. When he died I felt it was my fault because had he not of went to infantry school with me he might be alive today. I loved you ron and will always alawys grieve for you. I went to your grave at the Veterans Cemetary and thought it should have been me. The day we left arkansas for Fort Hood Texas all we went to lunch all you could talk about was how much you loved your family, your wife joanne and your little girl. Forgive me Ron Sgt Johnnie Kyle Wood"
Sgt Wood of Birmingham Alabama

"so sad my sister-in-law just in battle with the iraq war"
william of man,ny,usa

"To the family of Baker, I'm so sorry for your loss. I just can't imagine. I served with Ronald in Taji and became close friends towards the end. Even with the day-to-day stresses we had, you could always count on Baker for support and could talk to him about anything. He will be missed and I keep him in my prayers daily."
PFC. Brandon Roach A co 39th SPT of Dallas, TX

"We honor your memory and courage. God Bless."
Leah of MA

"Ron was the best friend I've ever had. He could take any situation and find a reason to laugh about it. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, and even managed to find a way to help all of his friends through a difficult time after he was gone from this world.

As a joke, Ron had his Army issue dog tags replaced with new ones which listed his name as Ronald "Outlaw" Baker, and his religious preferences as Heathern, with the "r" included to give it more of a hick flair. The humor of those dog tags hanging from his rifle at his memorial service helped ease the pain of saying goodbye for many of his friends. That was Ron's way of helping all of his friends one last time. It was his message to us that everything was going to be OK. Ron passed from this world in the same way that he lived his life, always helping others and putting their needs in front of his own.

Rest in Peace, Ron. You have certainly earned it. We miss you."
Sgt Stephen Shields, Co C (Medical), 39th Spt Bn, 39th Inf Brigade of Fort Worth, Texas

"To the family of:Ronald W. Baker I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Baker and Family, Thank you for your dedication to our great country. I hear about you often and am sorry I was not able to know you. I am currently dating Travis Ursery who was in Iraq with Baker. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Natalie of Texarkana, TX USA

"I am sorry for your loss. My family too knows this pain and sorrow. I will never forget you precious soldier and young man. Thank you for your courage, service, loyalty to our country. May God forever bless your family and friends."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"I am so sorry for your loss. Every night I say a prayer thanking God for the soldiers who defend our freedom. I will add Ronnie--and you, his family-- to my prayers. He did not die in vain, because the sacrifices of our armed forces through the years have enabled us to live in a land of freedom. The cost is high; we will not forget."
Leah of southeastern Wisconsin

"To Ronnie Baker's family
I am sorry for your loss. I too have felt this loss, my son was killed in Al-Kut, Iraq in a camp of undetonated ordinance that they found. He was killed June 6, 2003 @ the age of 21. God is there always."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

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

"To Ronnie'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"

"It saddened me beyond words to hear of Ronnie's passing. He is truly a hero who will not be forgotten. When I heard that he volunteered to go on the mission that ended his life I just shook my head, that is the Ronnie Baker I remember, always there to help and to do what needed to be done. To his family, friends and fellow soldiers, you are all in our thoughts and prayers."
Melanie (Goforth) Voit of Washington D.C.

"To the Family of Spc. Baker their are no words to express your loss. Just know that you are in our prayers."
William and Iris Bush of Kempner,TX

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Ronald, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge 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 Ronald W. Baker."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To Ronald'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

"SPC Baker, thanks for your loyal service. We will never forget you or what you stood for. God bless your family."
MSG Gary A. Fromm of HHC 39th SPT BN

"Thank you Ronald 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. Ronald 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 Ronald 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. Ronald 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 Ronald, 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