Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum

38, of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
Baum died due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 3, 2004.

Gunnery Sergeant Ronald E. Baum Memorial Fund

2d Intelligence Battalion would like to honor GySgt Ronald Baum, who was Killed In Action in support of Iraqi Freedom on 3 May 2004. We have established a Memorial Fund in his honor to help provide support to his wife and three young children. We are aware that there are many people who would like to help in that support. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please utilize one of the following options:

Donation with Tax Deduction Benefit
  1. Send check to Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc., PO Box 37, Mountain Lakes NJ 07046. (Please write on Check: For GySgt Ronald Baum Memorial Fund)
  2. Go to Marine Corps -- Law Enforcement Foundation Online Donation Form and you will be allowed to provide a credit card for your donation. (Please designated that this is a donation for the GySgt Baum Memorial Fund)

(NOTE: A letter will be sent to you noting your donation will be sent back to you for your tax records by MCLEF.)

No Tax Deduction Benefit Requested
  1. Send check to: Major Brian Smallwood, Executive Officer, 2d Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 28542-0139

All contributions will be deposited into an account with Bank of America in the name of Mrs. Baum. She will have sole access to the account. The account will remain open for contributions to be made for a period of approximately a year. Thank you in advance for your support and contributions for one who has given and made the extreme and ultimate sacrifice and the family who has suffered the most through this loss.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum.


Contributions to the Families of the Fallen


Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"Hey there, been a long time. I miss your laughter & * eating grin. Love u man. 0251 for life."
Mark S of Detroit MI

"I am thinking of Gunny Baum this Memorial Day (2022). He touched everyone who knew him, father, brother, son, friend, Marine. God Bless you Gunny"
Cory W of Brunswick, ME

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day."
Utley family of South Berwick, ME

"Thinking of you (2021) and thanking you still for your service"
Dolores of Delaware Ohio

"..even at this moment, I am thinking of how I miss you so much my friend. There is so much going on in the world during this pandemic but as we are nearing this Memorial Day, I wanted to say along with everyone else "I have missed you so much. I cannot wait until we serve together again." My prayers are still with your family."
Corey of Virginia

"Miss you 😢😢😢"
Kelley of Florida

"Gunny, always remember like it was yesterday. I was aLcpl then and a GySgt. Now. I've stayed in because of Marines that have came into my life such as you. Semper Fidelis!
Gunny, of St. Louis, MO USA

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day, 2016. Served with Ron at SERE."
Xanthe B of Campo, CA

"Never forget!!!"
Adam Decker of Blue Knob , PA

"Stopping in to let folks know, we are still thinking about ya brother. You will not be forgotten."
Bill Hamilton of Fort McCoy Wisconsin

"Served with Ron @ SERE School Brunswick, ME. As a MH professional within the Dept. of VA, the stories I hear and the work I do always has me remembering Ron. It was my distinct honor and privilege to know and work with you Ron."
Johnny Theriault of Fort Fairfield, ME

"Semper Fi Gunny. Till we meet again."
John Faith of Durham, Maine

"Thinking of you today, Ron. I honor your memory and I am saying a prayer for your family. Love you."
Kym of West End, NC

"Memorial Day .2015 .
David Musto of Dresden Maine.

"Thinking of you brother"
Shad Cates of Glen Rose, Tx

"Eleven years and like it was yesterday..you made an impression of pride an honor always! Love you ..miss you! Mom"
Connie Hilling of Altoona, Pa

"Happy Birthday . USMC .
You are not forgotten."
David Musto of Maine

"Ron - still thinking about you after all these years."
Dolores of Delaware, OH

"Ten years...unbelievable. The fact that the world we know continues on without you is unreal. No matter how long ... you will always be missed tremendously!
We love you. Semper Fi...OOOOORAH"
Mom of Boynton Beach, FL

"Happy Birthday Ron"

"Happy Birthday....HUGS love you !!"
Gunnyslilsis of Altoona PA 16601

"I served with Gunny's younger brother Brian at CLNC back in 88-90, Brian was an outstanding Marine and a good friend and I looked up to him. I recently reconnected with Brian after all these years and I just found out about Gunny's passing,
So heart heavy to hear the news of another brother Marine taken from us. RIP and God Bless you and your family Gunny. Semper Fidelis forever!"
C. Monroe of Nevada

"I saw this Ron, and thought so fitting for a Hero like you, I wanted to share it.

I Shall Only Ask For A Long Life, And That I May Continue To Risk It So That Others Do Not Have To.
A Strong Shield, A Sharp Sword, For I Intend To Go Into Harms Way.
And When I Stand In Judgement, Measure My Quality By The Evil I Stood Against. . .
And By The Evil I Removed From This Earth."
Bill Hamilton of Ft McCoy Wisconsin

"Here it is 9 years later brother, and we all still miss you. 1/9 is having its get together in Vegas in July, we will be raising a beer in your memory.

Semper Fi Brother"
Bill Hamilton of Ft McCoy Wisconsin

"So it is almost that day and it feels like 9 years ago all over. Grrrr I really miss you alot and your kids. Sooo keep the dimes coming I may need about 10 a day for the next few weeks. MISS YOU ALOT!!! Love you"
Gunnyslilsis of Altoona PA 16601

"Missing the family getting together with all the kids laughing and you telling all the things you and your brothers and sister pulled on us...still have great memories but not the same without you. Family not the same!!!"
Stepmom Eileen of Altoona,Pa

"I am good friends of your family now Ron and we are in a lot of pain from what happened but we understand you are in a better place now Semper Fidelis Marine oorah"
Josh Brumbaugh of Duncansville, pa

"Soooo its been awhile since Ive been here. Love and miss you alot!!! Too much going on to write. I know in the long run it is all going to work out the way it is supposed to. Only thing is you were supposed to be here to help things turn out the way they were supposed to...=( Love and Miss you !!!"
Kelley- Gunnyslilsis of Altoona Pa

"I had the honour of serving with Ron in Maine, while working at FASO. We only worked together once at SERE, but it was a week and an experience I will never forget. Ron's practicality, patience and humour kept the whole group going through the chilly nights and long days. It wasn't until four years later that I got the news of his passing. It struck me like a hammer, and I will never forget my friend. Thank you Ron, for displaying such a great persona to every one, and for making such an enduring impression upon us all. You are missed brother."
Jon Starnes of Bath, Maine

"Hey Ron my family still thinks about you a lot and we have a picture of you in our living room as a memorial. I remember calling you Uncle Ron and it wasn't until years later that I found out you weren't actually my uncle, just my dad's best friend haha! You are really missed and your name comes up in conversation all the time. I remember that Ronnie and I were best friends and when you and Cindi came to visit my family in Georgia, Ronnie and I had a sleepover - we got yelled at a lot for being loud and we made my room a mess. I think I was 5 or 6 when that happened lol. You are missed. Love you!"
Lauren Jackson of Fort Campbell, KY

"Candice had a boy today his name Is Corbin Eric Miller."
Brian Baum of Blue Knob,Pa

"Memorial Day today...miss you. They had your banner "Gunnery Sgt. Baum Marine Corps League" in the parade.
No words to express the pride in you and your brother. Semper Fi OOOORAH"
Mom of Altoona, Pa

"Definitely miss Ron, great guy and a Marine's Marine."
John of Durham, ME

"WOW Eight years and it seems like we just got the news today...miss you dearly."
Step mom: Eileen of Altoona,PA

"Eight years ago...seems like a second ago...we lost you. No words can express your loss to all of us who loved you. We love you now, today and always. Love you, Mom"
Mom of Altoona, Pa

"So its the countdown to the crap day. It just seems to relive the days coming up to this and then the days after. I hate May. I am missing you terribly and one of these years you would think I could get thru it without crying almost everyday. Keep an eye on all of us down here....Love and miss you !!"
GunnysLilsis of Grantsville Md USA

"Hey just leaving you a thought .... Missing you and your family so much ..thinking of you alot lately ..Hugs!! Merry Christmas !!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md

"Cindy, Mom, I would love to visit now that I'm in the same time zone. I've never had the opportunity to visit Gunny since getting back to the states. Please contact me lawsonrp@gmail.com."
Rich Lawson of Philadelphia, PA

"Ok....well its funny I was looking down thru all the messages and Im here it seems way more than I thought. I guess I really do miss you way more than I realized. I just dont understand alot of things that are going on. I wish you were here to intervene and beat some butts. But hopefully in time it will fix itself with some. Anyway...I love and miss you alot!!! Sending HUGS your way!!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md USA

"We miss you so much. You are loved and remembered every day of our lives.
Love you
Mom of Williamsburg, Pa

"Happy Birthday Ron...Had my Orero today for you....Just one...Miss you Buddy!!!!"
Step-mom Eileen of Altoona, PA

"Today is Rons birthday . I miss him."
Brian of Blue Knob,Pa

"Happy Birthday....Miss and Love you Bunches!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md USA

"Cheers, Ron. On this Memorial Day weekend."
Doug of AZ

"GYSGT Baum I knew you as a fellow Cpl. in Wpns Co. 3/3 always hard charging-starched cammies and boots like glass. Our Wpns Co.(1987) picture will always be on my wall. It was an honor to serve with you. I wish the best for your family devil dog. Peace"
Michael Gray of Minnetonka, Mn.

"I know that you had part of what want down on Sunday May 1st, 2011. They (you) got him....Bittersweet. Love and miss you RIP Ron"
Step mom Eileen of Altoona, PA

"We will never forget you Ron....wish I had known the Marine that you became!! God Bless & Thank you!!"
Dolores of Delaware, Ohio

"Seven years...and it is as raw as the day I saw the Marines in Dress Blues in the driveway!! Rest in Peace my son.
You are loved and remembered with every beat of our hearts every second of every day.
Love you so,
Your MOM"
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, Pa

"Ron, wow, its been so many years since you and I laughed up there in the BEQ's in Horno. I remember how I talked to you about not sure where I was going in life, how if I wasnt sure if the Corps was for me, and you talked to me man to man, told me about the reservations you had as well, and made me realize that no matter what, theres no shame in being afraid, its just using that fear and marching forward no matter what. Now here it is, some 2 decades later, and I find myself thinking about you, the stories we shared, the multitude of times you put a boot in my backside to make me push on whether I wanted to or not, and I can honestly say, Thank You. Not only did you influence me, you influenced my life, my decisions, and helped shape me into the man I became. The Corps gave you an angry lost young man, and you turned him into a true Marine. Now here it is, 22 years later, and Im in the Army now, but all of those lessons you taught me back then, all those Boots you put to my butt, those lessons are being passed on to the newest generations of soldiers.
Im sitting here with a tear in my eye, knowing that since we got Bin Laden I should be out back right now celebrating with my other soldiers, but I know theres still work to be done. The job isnt done, and there is still work to do, you taught me that, and I have never forgot it.
Take care brother, I wish I could have had your back there in Iraq, but that wasnt meant to be. So now, I carry on your legacy, your teachings, and your leadership style to these new soldiers, and pray I influence at least one of them, just like you did me.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family left behind, wife, his children, the fellow Marines who miss him so much. You brought so much into our lives, and its not fair you was taken from us so soon. I can only guess that God needed you elsewhere to help others in need. Take care my friend.

To his family, if theres anything I can ever do to help with ANYTHING, please feel free to contact me.
Bill Hamilton of Fort McCoy Wisconsin

"What a gift to America, and I am sure you were looking down and being a guardian angel for those Navy/Marine warriors, who brought justice to UBL, miss ya, was thinking about you the minute I heard Usama had been killed around the day and time evil took you away. Will never forget ya, miss ya Guns

Semper Fidelis
May 2, 2011"
Fellow Marine, who worked with you of CLNC

"They finally got him ..RIP Ron I love and miss you sooo much!!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md

"Lord knows your watchin over us Gunny. You've been an inspiration to many troops even to this day. May god bless you."
PO2 O'Brien of Altoona, PA

"I just needed to get on and see what everyone has been writing and it is always the same...Wishing you came back to help us all out with your family. God only knows how much we all wish it was different for all of us. It is so sad not being a family anymore because of.......just don't know. I'm with your mom and sister......we need signs a dime, dream, something from you...love and miss you today the same as the day you where taken away from our family..."
love your step mom, Eileen

"Ok Ronald if I have ever needed a dime or something from you it is today. So if you can throw me a dime a dream something....
LOVE and Miss U HUGS!!"
Kelley Baum of US

"Oh geez Kelley had the "hug he's back dream" too. Love the hugs...hate the reality that you are not back.
Things are so bad here...need you to intervene somehow. Am doing what I believe you wanted me to do for a long time...stand up for your family. The ones you love so much...One day at a time..
Love you so,
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, Pa

"Ok so last night or should I say this morning. I had probably the best dream. You were back and you fixed everything. We were all a family again and everyone was hanging out. I gave you a big hug and we were getting ready to toast your return.....and then I woke up. I about died. I was devastated and it felt like 6 years ago all over again...uggghhh. But I did get those few moments to talk to you and hug you again. Love and miss you more than you can even imagine. HUGS!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md 21536

"Ok so last night I found a letter you wrote to mom . It had a PS that said "give Kelley a hug or a kick in the * whichever she needs" Well I could really use that hug but probably do need the kick in the butt! Love and miss you so much I really really wish you were for more than a few reasons... Ugghh the holidays are here and I'm putting on my happy face! Lol HUGS!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md

"Semper Fi OOOOORAH.
Love you miss you every second of every day!! Am blessed to be your Mom!!
Love you"
Connie Hilling of williamsburg, Pa

"Thinking of you today...LOVE YOU and Missing you terribly....Need you to take care of some things from up there if you are able to and I think you know what they are.....HUGS!!!!"
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md 21536

"Today is our birthday 235
I miss you"
Brian of Blue Knob,PA

"Well just sitting here thinking about and missing you and also your family. Love and Miss you everyday..."
Kelley of Grantsville Md 21536

"Happy Birthday Dude!

Miss you this time of year."
Doug of AZ

"Happy Birthday, baby boy: Oh, yes, I know you are a big boy now. Mom's sons are always their little boys...no matter what. Miss you every minute of every single day. You brought such joy and light wherever you went. The love that is so evident in these messages is but a small part of the love you gave US. Am so proud of you. Miss you more than words can ever say.
Having one OREO today...yes, just one!!
Love you miss you ! Am coming back to the cabin by the river, soon. Lil Brian will be with me and Candice sometimes too...I'll finally be able to cook a lot...you always told me I cooked too much...for an "army" you said. How about my Marines.
Connie Hilling of Too far from home, AZ

"Happy Birthday...........miss you so very much"
step mom Eileen of Altoona, PA

"Happy Birthday....Love you"
Gunnyslilsis of Western Maryland..

"Just sitting here looking at pictures and looked up and saw my last two picture of you. One of you and me as you walked me down the aile at Jodi's wedding saying lets go light the candle cause my little brother is getting married..(love that picture of you in your uniform walking arm and arm) and you, Mac and Jodi in my livingroom right before Mac passed away. God I miss you and Mac SO VERY MUCH.. I know you two are telling Marine stories and looking down on your family..I wish I could have one more day with you so we could have one of our long talks about why you had to go cause you could always make me understand but I just can't and it hurts my heart that you are gone and you can't fix so many of the things that are just wrong in the family...you always knew just what to say and do..you will ALWAYS be MY HERO love and miss you buddy"
stepmom-Eileen of Altoona, PA

"I never got to meet you, but I have gotten to know your sister and beautiful neice real well! This Memorial Day I thought was a hard service for me until I turned and saw your sister and Momma standing there. I never had the opportunity to thank you personally, but I did have the opportunity to thank your Momma properly! As a Mommy of 3 "Baby Boys" in the Army, Thank you so much for your service to your country Ron. May God Bless your family!"
Army Momma of Friendsville MD

"Thank you GySgt Rich Lawson of Zagreb, Croatia....Those words really hit hard but it is nice to know that he gave his life to save others. Please live life to the fullest every day. Thank you again. I also cant believe it has been six years soo much has changed. Miss him so very much. Again Thank you."
Gunnyslilsis of Grantsville Md

"June 3, 2010
Ron & Cindy --- I think of you often."
Rob Schwenk of Wentzville, MO

"I can't believe it's been six years. I think of you and your family often and only imagine the pain they must endure on a daily basis. I was there with you until the last moment with Wyatt, Guz and Grooms and am reminded of your last words telling us to move to the rear of the vehicle as the mortars were walking closer to our position. Those last words probably saved our lives and I will never forget. Thank you for your courageous leadership and epitomizing what it means to be a Marine Gunnery Sergeant under fire. A finer example there is not. Semper Fi."
GySgt Rich Lawson of Zagreb, Croatia May 2010

"I remember Cpl Baum as a member of the famous 1st "force" ITP in the early 1990s. Someday we'll serve together again guarding heaven's streets."
Al Adler (AJ) of Dumfries, VA

"Miss you, Ron. Memorial Day 2010."

"April 9th 1986 We left for Boot Camp. I miss you"
Brian of Blue Knob

"To Cindi and Family...... 11/24/2009
Hi, I dont know if you remember me and I really hope I have the right Cindi. This is April Lapiana, I was one of your 6th grade students. I have never forgotten you and actually found pictures of you and the card you had sent to me after ron was born. I am so so sorry for your loss. I wish you all strenght and happiness. I would love to hear from you. Please email me at a.lapiana@yahoo.com.

Talk to you soon, April Lapiana"
April Lapiana of Rancho Cucamonga, CA usa

"For Ronald Baum and family, a message of appreciation from the mom of a Marine who served in 2004, with her heart in her throat all the while. You are all in my heart and thoughts ~ in your 44th year of 'family'...."
Candace Speir Ellertson of Alabama

"I just realized that you would have been 44 last week. As our birthdays are only two weeks apart....I just recently turned 44 myself. I looked up on my office wall (where I have the pamphlet from your Memorial Service pinned up) and realized it was your birthday last week. And realized it was over 5 years ago......"
Doug of AZ

"44 today I miss you"
Brian of Blue Knob,Pa

"Okay so this is the first time I will be leaving a message for My Uncle that I am miss unbelievably so much. I wish you were here right now! There is so much stuff going on with the family and you always seemed to be the person that brought things back together. But you aren't so I guess we will have to figure this out on our own.

I miss you and it kills me to think about you being gone and out of my life. But I know you are always here and I can feel your presence around me all the time. You give me strength to go on and do the best with my life and for my future family because if it wasnt for your sacrifice who knows where things could be right now. I love you and miss you horribly!"
You Neice Candice of Portage, Pa

"I can't believe it has been 5 years...I recently heard "Wind Beneath my Wings" and could not help but cry. I just wanted to let the family know I am always thinking about you gyes...."
Tracy Reilly(Vaughn) of Altoona, PA

"As I sat there watching all the Memorial Day ceremonies on TV that were taking place around the country, I thought of my friend Ron Baum. It's been 5 years since you were taken away from us, but I promise you will never be forgotten.
For Baum's lil sis, I will go through my Marine pictures and send whatever pix I have of your brother."
Victor Souza of San Leandro, Ca

"Ron - it has been 5 years but you are not forgotten. Please know that your old friends think of you often & all the fun time we had together @ Hoss's. You will live forever in our hearts. God Bless You and Your Family."
Dolores (Frank) Trimble of Delaware, Ohio

"Again i visited this site only to be reminded of how much you were loved. I cant believe its been almost over 5 years since you passed. It Still Only Feels like yesterday. I remember how i found out i remember at first when they told me i couldn't cry cause there was a lump in my throat preventing me from screaming, But yet everytime i think about it and see all the love and funny memories about you i didnt even know. I was reading some of the comments and i do remember the popeye impression. Vaguely but i do. I miss everyone in PA so much i havnt seen anyone since june or july of last year. its almost been a year but i text taylor every once in a while. Im so proud of you and all that you have done. It hurts to know that your gone but i know ur happier and like my mom has pointed out we are all gonna kick ur butt when we see you next. well try to anyway"
Jenna.. Again of Grantsville MD

"Well it is has been 5 years that I had a chance to speak to you. I remember the words clearly. I remember you were dealing with certain people and sounded to be having a fairly fun time with it.
Today is a day that should be a good one but it truly is not. It was the last I got to hear your voice.
Know that you are missed very much! Also you are getting a big hard kick in the "butt" when I get to see you again!!!!
Love and miss you!"
Gunny's Lil Sis of Grantsville Md

"Another Christmas without you here with us. Know that you are thought of each and every day...and the blessings you continue to bring us are amazing.
Never will it be the same without you..never. We do, however, work each day to make you as proud of us as we are of you.
Love you baby boy...oh, I know, you are a MARINE...uh still my baby boy always."
Gunny Baum's MOM of Kingman, AZ

"You are not forgotten. December 25, 2008"
Col G of Quantico, VA

"I knew Ronnie growing up and we spent lots and lot of time together as kids. Many years and many memories between our two families. I know he was a proud Marine and my heart goes out to his wife and kids. My heart also goes out to his mom, brother and sister, who I know grieve for him every day. Now that I have found Kelley again, I'm not going to let her go -- don't worry Ron, I'll keep an eye on her and be a big sister to her for you. Love, Michele"
Michele (Duncan) Elliott of Winchester, VA

"This is Ron's Sister and If you have any pictures you would like to share...I would love to have them ..My email is bwalady@yahoo.com. Thanks by the way...the whole popeye thing made me smile....He really did do that impression well..Thanks
Kelley Gunny's Lil Sis of Home

"To the family of Ron Baum my heart goes out to you on this Veterans Day. I was in the same platoon with Ron while he was stationed in Hawaii and when I heard the news of his passing it felt as though I had lost a brother. I have many pictures of him, but I will always remember him as the guy with the best Popeye imitation. I will never forget you. God Bless the Baum family"
Victor Souza of San Lorenzo, Ca

"To the family..I say thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. i have meet Gunny Rons Mom and if he is anything like her God Bless Him. OOORAH..Holliday Kingman,AZ"
Holliday of Kingman,Az

"Happy Birthday!!!
Miss you"
Gunnys lil sis of USA

"To the Family of Ron Baum,

I just wanted to send a note to say that I think and pray for you often and hope you are staying strong. Every time I think of Ron, I smile and I can't help but feel blessed for having known him even if it was for only a brief time. Thanks Ron for all that you did for your country, you will always be my hero. May God continue to bless all of you."
Shelly (Endress) Lopez of Harrisburg, PA

"Another year has passed, but it just seems like yesterday...I think about you and you family often, and I visit this site often, as do many others. My sister and I plan to go to the Armed Forces Day Celebrations at the "Wall" in Altoona this Saturday, and I just wanted to let you know that we still think about you guyes all the time. You will always be in our prayers!"
Tracy and Marcia of Altoona, PA

"Hey brother...
As I sit here the night before my last WOBC FEX, I think of you and your sacrifice and of the loving family you left behind until you are all reunited again in the presence of God. Brother, you are not forgotten and though I never met your wife and children...I think of them and pray for them because I know you were a son, husband, father, Marine that any of us would do well to emulate in life and the one person they most miss in this world. The world is a better place having been graced by your presence and interaction with so many who will never forget the man that you where on Earth. God bless your family and my sincerest heart-felt well-wishes to your Mother on this upcoming Mother's Day.......... I know a mother's love is as eternal as the universe and though you are missed, you are NEVER forgotten. Rest in peace Warrior and see you on the flip side!

Semper Fi,"
Warrant Officer D. Pedraza of Jacksonville, NC

"Dear Cindi,
You might not remember me but I am a second grade teacher in Richmond. I got to know you all pretty well. I lost my husband suddenly as well and was thinking of you and your family tonight,"
Cindy Reed of Richmond, Maine

"May 3rd, 2008
Hey Buddy: Here I sit in Kingman, AZ trying to get through today without the guys in the white coats haulin' me away.
Making it through. Have Oreo's sitting right here..not sure about the ONE tho'.
Things are so chaotic and confusing I have no clue.
One day at a time. This is something you never get over, get through, figure it out...nothing like that will ever happen here. No mother loses her son and does anything but stand strong and tall for him. And I know you want only the best for those of us here w/o you.
So, we try. Also today for you, and for all the military heroes sons and daughters all, our flags are at half-mast today!! They are blowing straight and and true in this Arizona wind.
And I am doing ...oh I dont even know what I am doing...you know that; but I am trying.
Love you, proud of you...proud to be your Mother. Proud of the four Musketeers...remember You, Brian, Kelley and MOM!! We stood together through anything!! OOORAH
Love you
MOM of Kingman, Arizona

"April 22, 2008
To the family of Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum: 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"we love you . it was great to find this page cindy and see all the great stuff everyone has to say. call me wummin you know its right cause I lost me black book Love you say hi to the short ones . Doug is wet eyed right noo and we want to talk go listen to 5150- always makes it somwhat ok cindy you know E"

"You know its funny. I come to this page almost every day. I see all the nice comments and all the Dedications,Coins, etc. Im so proud to be your sister. Im sure you are up there beaming with pride. I just wish I could see the pride you are feeling.
Love you and maybe one day Ill get thru it without tears but I dont foresee it being any time soon.
Love & Miss you terribly.."
Your lil sister

"Again this is Jenna....i promised myself anytime i would come across this site i would leave some love haha. i miss you so much and i am so proud to even be related to you. Things arn't getting much better around here. I wish everything was good again. but since you passed (like i said last time) i Don't think it will ever go back to being the same. I love you so much!"
Jenna of Granstville MD

"It was a Honor to have met you . We met in Brunswick Maine Naval Base. I remeber going to your house with Seabee Dave and helping him hook up a stove at you and your Familys house in Richmond Me. I will not forget what you have done for this country , nor will I let those around me .

you have paid the ultimate price for FREEDOM. While some collect the benefits .
There is nothing FREE about FREEDOM.
David Musto
USN Seabees , Can do .
Dec 8,2007"
Dave Musto of MAINE /USA

"Hi this is your niece Jenna .... I know I didn't Know you very well but I still miss You very much and i hope that you are having a heck of alot of fun in heaven! I still cry every once in a while about you. and i Know you wouldnt want to know that but its the truth. ever sience you passed i feel like nothing has been the same. every one is so stressed out and sad i wish you were still here so everything can go back to normal. i want to go back to when i was little and we would go to blue knob for thanksgiving but i know now that if we go to blue knob it will be like a puzzel there will be a huge piece of what was there that will be gone."
Jenna of Grantsville Md

"The Baum Family,
On this Memorial Day, I want you all to know more than ever that we respect and honor the sacrifice Ron and you have made. His service has made a difference and his spirit is never to fade."
Col G of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Well here we are again...Mother's Day..Oh God, I cannot believe you are truly gone from us. This day is so bittersweet with your brother and sister and how much I love them..yet your loss is the core of my soul. And as I try and stand each day as you would have me do...this grief of your loss is ripping at my soul...time will not heal this..time will make us better able to deal with this??
You know how much you are loved...I am so blessed to be your mother. Enjoy your revelation with your Angels and today....may I hear your voice laughing and singing those silly songs. You are loved and missed and that will always be so.
Love you,
Your Mother...yes I am here in Arizona and I know you are just getting a kick out of the fact that in 93 degree heat I'm on the front porch in a sweater!!!
Who knew!!! LOL I LOVE YOU RON"
MOM of Kingman, Arizona

"Everyone, everywhere I know...had an oreo cookie in your honor...we love you and miss you more than words can say.
Each day we stand and do our best for you. SEMPER FI, OOOOOORAH!!!!

You are and have always been our hero!!!"
Gunny Baum's MOM of Altoona, Pennsylvania

"Remembering you on this anniversary & knowing you are still touching alot of lives - you will never be forgotten Ron - God Bless to you and your family"
Dolores (Frank) Trimble of Delaware, Ohio

"21yrs ago today we stood on yellow footprints and wonder what the hell we had gotten into your cofidence in what we were doing was a calming to me and I miss those little words of wisdom that kept me straight so we could complete this task together boot camp did not have that same sting that others had in worked get til we got seperated and were with some of the others. these are one of the time of our life that we spent together and I was proud to be ther with you and miss the calming talks to me to keep my I on the prize to graduated. Having you sit on the ready box keeping score when I qualified and the look we shared I can see it today I miss you love you and will insure your memory will live on all the people you have lead and anyone you have come in contacted with they write on the site about you almost daily still.Miss you
Love you
Your Brother
ps your memory lives in me and those you lead who saw you heard you and were proud to serve with you."
Brian Baum of "Baum's Knob,PA USA

"Ron was a great american After all these years he still is with me everyday. I see things the way Ron saw things and its because he was a part of my life. I miss him.

AECS Dave Bucher
Navy SERE"
Dave Bucher of Lisbon Falls, Maine

"Trust me he will never be forgotten.
He is missed terribly EVERY DAY!!!!"
Your sister I love & Miss you terribly

"You would be so proud of your wife and children...they keep you with them everyday. At Christmas, your stocking is hung with all the others. We love you more and more each day. May you share in the blessings of celebrating with the birthday boy himself. He called you home..we love you and miss you each and every single day.
Love you always"

"Everyday I think of you and what we be doing. It hurts how much I miss you. I live right behind your Family. I will keep my promise"
your brother

"We think of You, Cindy, and the kids everyday. You are NOT forgotten!. I miss you , my brother!"
Todd, Carla and Kids of Maine

"I knew Ron briefly since we were in the same MOS. He had a good reputation in our small group. In my brief chance encounter with him I was impressed with him. Certainly a hard loss for the Corps and all who loved and knew him. I learned of his death on togetherweserved.com. My condolences to all in his family. Semper FI"
Paul Montanez of Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

"It's Jul 17, 2006. When I first posted on here, I said he wouldn't be forgotten. He's not. He's still a subject of alot of my stories. I hope his family is healing. R.I.P. Guns!"
MSgt McGurty of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I served briefly with Ron at DLI several years ago and remember him fondly. He was a good Marine and a great mentor to us all. I am sorry for your loss and my and my family's prayers will be with you today as we remember this hero of freedom. Semper Fidelis."
Chris Martin (SSgt, USMC) of Dayton, OH

"An genuine true American hero. I salute you and your family. I will pray for you all."
Joe of Minnesota

"I think of you and all of your family - now living without you - everyday. I pray for your loved ones to find comfort and peace as each day passes in knowing that you are watching over them - be with them always."

"To Ron's family I just recently found this sight and I am totally overwhelmed with the lives he has touched. Although I should'nt be I knew Ron way back in the Alaskaland days when he was a cook and I thought he was the sweetest and funniest person around. My heart will always have a special place in it for him. To his wife and children may God continue to give you strength and peace for Ron was a true hero, to Connie I knew you many years ago and I remember how much Ron meant to you please know I pray for you. Ron was a one of a kind man. I remember Kelley and Brian growing up and I have several great memories. may God bless your entire family"
Jonnie Frederick(Colbert)A of Altoona P A

"There is a story in the Feb. 20, 2006 Washington Post newspaper of a Syrian terrorist who was caught when a bomb exploded in his apartment that he was preparing to use against a cruise ship of the coast of Turkey that American Soldiers often use when they get a chance to relax. He was a close collegue of Zarqawi and bin Laden. He was involved in many attacks around the world in which he would provide funds including the fight in Fallujah. We will win this war against the terrorists and this war will go down in history as a fight for freedom and American Soldiers who gave their lives for this fight will always be seen as hero's. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family, and with Ronnie."
Tracy (Vaughn) Reilly of Altoona, PA

"May the angels in heaven rejoice in your presence this 2006...you are one of the bravest men I have ever known.
I love you. Heaven's gain is our loss. And for 2006 I will draw on your strength and courage each day.
Love you, my son
Connie Hilling of Altoona, PA

"To the family of:Ronald E. Baum 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

"I am so sorry to hear the news about your brother, Kelley! May God bless you and your families to ease the pain of your loss!"
Laura Reed of Greenville, Michigan, USA

"Merry Christmas..my dear, dear son. Enjoy celebrating the blessing of His birth..with HIM!! I hear the rustle of your wings...I am blessed.
Merry Christmas...tell Jesus..Happy Birthday and may He hug you for your mom!
I love you, son.
Your MOM"
Connie Hilling of Altoona, Pa

"With solemn condolences and deepest empathy to the family of GySgt Ronald Baum I try to capture his legacy. HONESTY-INTEGRITY-FAITHFULNESS was the hallmarks of Ronald's service. HONESTY as an American hero, HONESTY in his dealings with his fellow Marines, HONESTY...ALWAYS. Ron never looked down, never looked back, he mastered his profession and harnessed his temperament with those God given attributes of Righteousness and Restraint. INTEGRITY in his deeds, words and actions in dealing with fellow Marines. FAITHFULNESS to his loving wife and family, FAITHFULNESS to the country he Loved and served so well. Lastly, GySgt Baum stands in my mind as a true Example of the American Marine...serving without complaint, endlessly pursuing victory, Giving all he can give...His inspiration will live in our hearts forever. God Rest his soul and bless his spirit always!"
Ed Coffer of San Diego CA

"To Cindy and the family of Ron E. Baum,
I had the unbelievable privilege of serving with Ron at the SERE school in Brunswick, Maine. When “Gunny” Toler told me of Ron’s untimely death I went to my vehicle and wept tears of sadness. They were not tears for Ron per say because Ron was doing exactly what he loved, serving our great nation as well as putting his life on the frontline to protect not only our freedoms but for those another country who were being dominated by an evil and vile regime. The tears that I shed were for Ron's wife, children and the rest of his family because they have to bare the burden of his loss. America will bear that loss as well for it is not the same without him. I also had the honor of being present at Ron's funeral. I was amazed at the outpouring of support for Ron from his community; it will be something I shall remember for the rest of my life. As we were in the procession going to the cemetery I was astonished to see so many people standing on both sides of the streets "paying" their last respects to Ron as he was being brought to his final resting place. I salute you...the people of Altoona, PA for your love and support for Ron and his family at such a difficult time. To Ron's Mother and Father, thank-you for bringing up such a fine son as he, Ron made an impact on my life...one that will be felt for as long as I live."
AD1(AW) Steven E. Lariviere pnubble@peoplepc.com of Brunswick, Maine

"God Bless, and thank you for your sacrifice."
Tom Iannacone of San Diego, CA


"Today is not a holiday, a birthday .. it is just another day...yet we miss you as much each minute no matter what the day. You presence in our lives was a blessing so beautiful our eyes and heart rejoiced...a day without your loving voice..we grieve..we grieve.
We know you want us standing tall..and we all do "What Ron would want us to do"...its a goal you set quite high my son, your life you lived with total joy and laughter and love and what a man you became!! We're going about each day trying to do our best. Just know not one second does our heart not ache for you.
So we're keeping on for you..and we will continue to do that. Just know we miss your presence each second of each day!! Keep the angels in line up there..and ready to rumble 'cause on this earth we know YOU ARE THEIR GUIDE NOW IN HEAVEN...JUST AS YOU WERE OUR'S ON EARTH.
And I know your wings are marvelous!!! Ron, fly high!! Fly free!! We see you in the heavens often!! We love you so.
And, yes, a broken heart still beats."
Gunny Baum's mom... of Williamsburg, Pa

"Words cannot begin to convey my heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family ..Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!"
The Peddie Family of Cass City,Michigan USA

"Thank you all for your nice words etc. My brother believed in everything he did and fought for. No matter what anyone thinks about what we are over there for.... He will be remembered as a HERO forever...if anyone would like to email me Please do so at
Miss you Ronald more than you can imagine...."
Kelley -Gunny Baum's lil sister of Frostburg Md.

"Marine Gunnery Sgt Baum: You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps."

"Marine Gunnery Sgt Baum: You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps."

"I came across this web-site and was touched by all the words and beautiful comments to this brave man and his wife children and family. Myself am a Canadian , but l watch on the news about the war in Iraq. It sickens me that your country is there and fighting a senseless war. I know what must be done but brave men like Ronald shouldnt have to give his life. Those countries do not want peace nor will they ever experience it. Look at the bombings and terrorist acts in the states and now England. The states needs to worry about their people first and never let a great man like ronald die again. To his wife and children god bless you and know he is always there watching over you and im sure you will always keep his memories alive! God bless you and this canadian will always think of you and your family in every way
Laura of Ontario, Canada

Just thinking of you again. Recently mounted your photo up in a memorial to those we lost. I'm going to steal a tribute made to another Marine Gunny lost in Vietnam (GySgt George Kendall, another ITT Marine), because it fit you so well also: "if you didn't like Ron Baum, it was YOUR FAULT." Fitting that you (and I) lived in a building named after George Kendall at one time.
Semper Fi,"
Doug of VA

"To Cindi, the children, and Baum family members, Ron and I worked together in Djibouti. Once we met, we quickly became good buddies. Ron was poster Marine through and through and made me laugh until tears came. We worked in Ethiopia together and that was a great time. Cindi, if Ron told ya about the "other crazy Gy petting a lion", that was me! We made plans for our families to get together over Xmas, but things didn't work out. Next thing you know he was in Iraq. I was emailing him, but not getting responses, then I read his name in the paper. A terrible loss. I am very sorry. I have tried to get ahold of his brother, because I have a ton of pictures of our Op in Ethiopia that Ron is in. He even took some of the photos himself. I would really like to share them with the family. Please feel free to email me: gerard.mcgurty@usmc.mil"
GySgt Gerard McGurty of Jacksonville, NC/USA

"I lived across the hall from then CPL Baum at DLI. So many people who knew Ron talked about his sense of humor. I think the first thing I thought of when I heard that Ron had died in Iraq was the good times in the DLI beer garden. He brought so much joy into this world and made our time at DLI much better than it would have been without him.

Ron was also a great example of how a Marine NCO should look after his Marines. I learned a lot from Ron that I used when I picked up CPL. THANK YOU."
Lynn Woodworth (SGT, USMC) of Mansfield, AR

"I served with Gunny Baum with Combined Joint Task - Horn of Africa in 2003. The thing I remember most about the Gunny was his incredibly positive attitute. I can remember several times when things weren't going very well and Gunny would enter our tent and completely change all of our attitudes for the better. He was an exceptional Marine. I will forever remember his sacrifice."
Col. Ed Barr of Hingham, MA/USA

"I wanted to give my sincerest condolences to Ron's Family. I knew Ron way back in 1990 and we became good friends on a West Pac where we were sent to the Persian Gulf for Desert Shield/Storm. He was a Coporal at the time and we was in the same platoon. He would constantly make everyone laugh with his quirky sayings and expressions. God Bless you all and Semper Fi Ron."
Steven Fetterley of Ft. Knox, Ky

"I served in Iraq with Gunny Baum. I talked to him with in the past five minutes before his life was taken. Everynight I pray for the good men and women who have been taken from us in this tragedy of our time. I may not be able to donate money or pictures concerning Gunny Baum but I can share my memories. The two things that were on his mind during his time in Iraq was his family and the well being of his marines under his command. As we were getting mortared and rocketed is last words that I heard him say was for his men to get some cover. He put himself at risk to save his Marines. I am proud to have even been in his presence."
Gregg of gk_thompson@yahoo.com

"Hi this is a message for Frank of West Hartford. You said you wear a bracelet with my brothers name on it. Can you please tell me where I might be able to get one of these...My email is bwalady@yahoo.com
Thank you ..."
Kelley (Baum) Sister of Gunny Baum

"Thank you gunny for your brave actions in defense of our country and its people. You are a true hero and the nation owes you our sincere gratitute. Semper Fi Marine and God Bless you and may He grant peace to your loved ones. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I just found out about about Ron. I am deeply saddened for the loss. I never met Ron, but I was a close friend of his brother Brians. Please someone contact me and let me know how i can contact Brian and let him and his family know how deeply sorry i am for their loss. My phone # is 858-837-2574."
GySgt Michael G. Rittgarn of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Connie & Family,
They say time heals all wounds. I know this Christmas Season will be especially hard for all of you, the first without Ron. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ron and what he did and stood for will be remembered always!"
Joyce Morris of Bellwood, Pa

"I never knew Ronald E. Baum personally, but I wear a braclette baring his name and I wish the best to his family and comrades, from what I have read he was an incredible man and I will always bear this bracelette."
Frank of West Hartford, CT/U.S.A.

"I had the honor of knowing Ron and growing up with him when we were kids. We grew up together for a few years in Pleasant Village Housing in Altoona. We also attended Agricultural Resources at Altoona Vo-Tech and competed together at Penn State Forestry Competition in 1983. We have not seen each other for many years, but I will always remember the great times we had as friends. My thoughts and prayers are with the family members. I am deeply saddened by the loss of a lifelong friend. Rest in Peace My Friend. Semper Fi"
Kevin Fleck of Herndon, VA

"I don't have any special words of consolement, but felt the need to leave something. Ron was a friend of mine over the past ten-plus years as our careers brought us together every now and then. His death profoundly affected everyone who knew him as he was truly "one of the good guys". Semper Fi, Ron."
Doug B of Va Beach, VA

"To a great man. I'll never forget the laughs. Semper Fi
Wpns Co. 3/3 - 81's plt, Cpl Gray"
Michael Gray of Chaska, Mn.

"To Mrs Baum and family,

I am sorry it has taken me so long to tell you what a great man Gysgt Baum was. I just want to tell you in the very few short months I knew him he was the best and we always laughed and carried on together. I was there in the field that day that this tragic loss took place. I cannot tell you how bad I felt at the loss of a friend such as Ron. My family and I want to take this time to tell you that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the churches of my hometown have you on their prayer list. I want to tell you about the man you all loved, In these few short words, we felt the most comfort being around him and his friendship with myself, Gysgt Lewis, Gysgt Trotter, Gysgt Naylor, Msgt Flick and Gysgt Carreras and the list goes on, will never be forgotten and we will live forever to be as good as he was. I will pray for you and your family everytime I bow my head in a church from this day forward.

We miss you "Mr Hetster"
Gysgt Ronald Baum and always will.

Gysgt Mark A. Massey
Company G 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines"
Mark and family of Camp Lejeune, N.C. 28542

"Gunny Ron Baum was an outstanding Marine. I served with him while part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit from 98-00. May God be with you Ron...He and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Semper Fi."
Mario Madrigal of Santa Ana, CA

"Semper Fi Ron. You were a great friend and outstanding Marine."
Don Zimmer of Dallast, TX


"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Ronald, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Thank you for all that you have done. You are one of my 1,000 + hero's.
Jerri L Jenkins-Moyer
sister of PO 2nd Class Robert Boyd Jenkins
Killed in Iraq May 2, 2004"
Jerri L Jenkins-Moyer jjmoyer@pennswoods.net of Altoona, Pennsylvania USA

"To the family and friends of GySgt Baum, I would like to convey my deepest sympathy for your loss, I served with Ron during my very first duty station with Weapons Company 3/3 Dragons Platoon from 1986 Through 1990, I first found out about Rons passing through a mutual friend 1st Sgt Templeton, just the other day while visiting the chow hall at Al Asad air base Iraq, I couldnt believe it when i found out, it had been years since i had even spoken to ron and wasnt even aware he was still in the marines, my heart goes out to the family because i knew ron and remember how much fun we had and all the crazy things he used to do, i have many pictures of the old platoon and of him, the times spent in Okinawa and on the beaches of Hawaii, The one rememberance that really sticks in my mind right now is the time the movie who framed roger rabbit came out he would walk around the squad by immitating roger rabbit driving everyone crazy, and a couple drinks in him, it was sure to be comedy hour, Ron was an awsome Marine and good friend, and the world is sure to miss him."
GySgt John Mitchell of Al Asad Iraq

"My son, Lukas, was friends with Mr. Baum's daughter, Taylor. She is a such a sweet little girl, it breaks my heart to know that she will grow up without her father. Lukas will keep her in his prayers.
And, I will vote Bush out of office so other families can see their fathers again. This chaos must end."
Kristine Kimball of Richmond, Maine

"Thank you Gunnery Sgt Baum for serving besides my husband. He has talked foundly of you. Though I never heard of you until we were in Philly on the 4th of July, looking at the boots diplay and he was looking for "you". That is when I learned of you. As for your family, stay strong."
B.J. Marchadier of Camp LeJeune, NC

"God Bless you Ron ~ You are a true American Hero."
The Redrow Family of Pine Hill, NJ

"I miss you so much there are no words to say.
You gave me strength and guidance through each and every day
You kept me focused on the goal..the end you kept in sight
For me your were my beacon..I could not see the light
Today begins w/ sunlight for everyone it seems ..
For me it starts with teardrops..for I have lost my dreams
You never could imagine a day without the laughter
For me, without you in my life, I feel theres nothing after
So many think that time has passed since you have gone away
That there should be no reason for me not to face the day
How blind they are for when they look into the sky they see
the sun, the moon, the cloud and stars...they think there still is me
That day in May when you left this earth and saved those men in harms way
This heart was crushed and will never see the true light of the day
Oh, yes, we will keep - keeping on
But you must know that with your loss
there will never be another true "dawn"

Mother's of Marines are the toughest of the tough...
and this Marine's Mom says,"aw sweetie, this one is so hard..so bitter and so rough. For you I promised always to be strong, and that I will do..a Mom's Promise is blessed"..
But SEMPER FI to my little guy...yes, I know you're tough and rough Marine..but to me you are always my little guy...and my heart misses you with an ache that cannot be described.
Marine's Mom of Everytown, USA

"To the Family Of GySgt Baum,
I worked with the Gunny in the late 90's at Camp Pendleton. He was a helluva Marine, a great friend to all, and I'm proud that I knew him.
Although the last time I saw him was at a company bbq (early 2000), we did randomly keep in touch via e-mail while he was in Maine. He always had a good note to send and every message had his own personal touch to it...always a bit of humor.
I received word of Ron via Billy Montgomery just last weekend. And, even though we weren't "drinking buddies", it really set me back just know the kind person that he was.
I send to you, The Baum Family, my condolences. You, and Ron, are in my prayers.

Dave Miller, GySgt, Ret. of Okinawa, Japan

"To Ron's Family,
Though you may never have heard this story, i feel it is worth repeating...2 years ago, when Ron was a recruiter, he made a trip to our school one morning. On this day, our girls soccer team, which i was a part of, had a playoff game that was scheduled to be played in Altoona. My best friend, who's boyfriend (now husband) is a marine, wanted to talk to the recruiter about what she could expect within the coming months, considering the talk of war that had come about. She didn't wanna go alone, so 5 of us girls, all from the soccer team, got passes signed to sit and talk to Ron & another recruiter. At first, i think they were both a little shocked that 5 senior girls were coming to talk to them, but after sitting down and telling them about my friend's boyfriend and about how we didn't want to attend class that day due to the nervousness that we had for our game that night, they both understood and sat and talked to us for the next 3 hours of the morning. Ron had mentioned to us that he was from the Altoona area and we found that funny and coincidental...but here is the part that i'll never forget. During our game that night, about 1/3 of the way into it, we heard this loud shouting from the sidelines and turned to see Ron standing there, cheering with all his heart, for us, people that he had only met hours ago. Though we ended up losing that game and exiting the state playoffs, that game turned out to be one of the most memoriable for me - not only because it was the last soccer game i ever played, but because at the time, not many people were very supportive of us. But then came along Ron...and we saw that there are people in this world willing to go out of their way for others and devote their time to make another's life worthwhile...Now, after Ron's death, we really learned that he not only did that for us on that cold, rainy October night, but he also did for every citizen in the USA. Thank you Ron for your courage and generousity, and thank you to Ron's family for being a part of creating such a wonderful man.
Jill, NS Girls Soccer Team (03) of Boswell, PA

"Ron was a school friend and I remember some really great and funny things about him. I am deeply saddened that he is taken from his family but feel truly blessed to have had such a hero as a friend in life. He may be gone but is not forgotten."
Jeanne Ketcham of Altoona, PA

"Deerest Baum family. I learned of Rons death while reading Leatherneck magazine just two days ago. I held hopes that it wasn't him but now have to come to grips that it's true. I am an Army reservist and Former Marine. I got back from Djibouti Africa in February after a one year deployment. I was deployed as my units intelligence officer and this is how I got to know Gy Baum. We participated in a few missions together the last one being to Ethiopia. Part of our mission there was to provide medical assistance to the local population. Although it wasn't his job, I want you to know that he never passed up an oppurtunity to get into every aspect of our mission. I need your children to understand that their father spent some time in this war handing out candy to little children and helping old people walk by holding them by the arm. I knew Ron for just a few months yet we connected instantly and shared many an Ethiopian night talking about the corps the war but mostly our families. No moon shun brighter than Gy Baums face when he talked about his family. I left Djibouti for good on Jan 24th, just three days or so after I said goodbye to my friend Ron. He made it a point to stop by my tent to say goodbye. I know he was a good Marine, I know he was a good intelligence Gy, but I was blessed to have found such a great human being in such a rotten place. I have some pictures of our mission to Ethiopia that I would love to share with you if thats ok. Here's my e-mail address smoketr341@aol.com I'm truly saddened by your loss. Semper Fi"
CW2 Ivan Chavez of 478 CA Bn Miami, Florida

"The Baum Family,

I'm so very sorry for the lose of your loved one, I lost my son Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick on Sept 30,2003. The humvee his company was following veered off the road into a canal, A.J saw someone who needed help, so he dove into the canal, he save one soldier, when he dove for the second soldier, my son hit his head on the humvee, and drowned.

My heart goes out to everyone that has lost a love one in this war.

I saw a notice on Fallen Heroes Memorial web page that someone wanted to contact the Baddick Family.

A mother with a hole in her heart, and a tear in my eye.

Ann Baddick Adams of Jim Thorpe,PA 18229

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"To Cindy and Ron's children:

Words cannot begin to convey my heartfelt condolences to you and your children. As a father, husband, and Marine, I'm sure volumes can be written about him and they would never be enough to capture the innate goodness, selflessness, and integrity that was so evident in his character. And having only known him briefly, I still remember both his humility and his enthusiasm for both Corps and Country. I can imagine he loved one one thing more than these....all of you. Men like this are rare and those who knew him, even if only in passing, no doubt, saw in Ron the qualities of a most honorable man whose influence on the world can never be measured. I know I certainly did. And yet, despite the pain caused by such an untimely departure from among us, I cannot help but think that he is now in a safe place away from this corrupted earth, always watching over his wife and children while looking forward to that family reunion in heaven someday. Accordingly, if I may share just one last thought with the precious Baum family, it would be this..............And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Revelations 21:4.

May God bless you all and you will forever remain in our family prayers.

Semper Fi, Gunny Baum........you were truly one of the good ones. Your profound impact on those who knew and served with you is surpassed only by the love and strength of your precious family."
SSGT David A. Pedraza and Family of Miami, Florida

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

"Continuing to keep you and your family in prayer - You are not forgotten.
Sandi and Pat B of MT"

"To the wife and children and Mother and other family members of Gunnery Sergeant Ronald E.Baum. I wish I had the right words to say. I wish I could make things better for all of us. We will forever share tears and memories of our HERO'S, our soldier's. We can be so proud of them. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. They were serving their country to give us freedom. Yes, the times are hard for us, and yes we cry many tears and have many sleepless nights, but God will help us get through these times and we have many friends that also help. I want to thank your family for being friends, it was nice meeting you at the VA Memorial Day Services. Maybe we can help each other as we travel on this new journey God has given has. Our HERO'S, Ronald and Bradley have touched many lives and will continue to touch lives as time moves on. I thank them for their courage, honor and selflessness. May we always honor the memories of our HERO's, our son's, our husband, our brother, our father. May they rest in peace. We love you and miss you."
Sharon Kritzer, mother of PFC Bradley Kritzer, Killed in action in Baghad, May 5, 2004 of Irvona/PA/USA

"I am in 8th grade and we were learing about how many people were dying in Iraq. As a project from our teacher my friend and I decided to find someone special that served for our country and try to get information on them. If there is a family member of Mr. Baddick I would appreciate it if you could email me back at RockNRollGrlAA90@aol.com""
RockNRollGrlAA90 of NY

"To Ronald's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country. God be with you."
F. Smith of Pennsylvania

"Dear Mrs. Baum and Family, Our family had the privilege of sitting behind you at the Memorial Service at the VA Hospital in Altoona,PA, May 30th. It was evident what a fine family you have and the love and support shown is wonderful. Our prayers are lifted up for you and your children. Aunt of Pfc Bradley Kritzer, killed in Baghdad, May 5, 2004."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"To the family of Ronald E. Baum,
Words can not express my deepest sympathies for you. Our family can understand your pain, for we too have lost someone special. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Thankyou Ronald E. Baum for giving your life to defend our country and our freedoms. You will not be forgotten."
Kimberly A Bickford of Flinton, Pennsylvania, USA

"Dear Connie, Kelly, Brian, Cindy & Kids...
This Memorial Day Weekend seems an appropriate time to try to put into words the depth of gratitude for Ron's service and sacrifice to the people of the United States. His commitment to what he believed in strengthens all who reap the benefits of the freedoms of our country.... freedom that comes at a great price only a few will pay. Ron was one of those and I thank God that I can call him "family". And Connie, you will never know what an incredible blessing your own awesome faith has been throughout this time of sorrow. Thank you Ron."
Diane (Richards) Gregg, Robert Gregg & Maggie Gregg of Greenville, NC

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family 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 from Montana "

"Cindy, Ron, Edward, Taylor;
Your loss cannot be fully appreciated by those who didn't know Ron. I offer my deepest condonlences for your loss. Ron is the best Marine I have had the Honor of serving with. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ron has made his mark on the world, his memory will live on in those he trained and mentored. He was the BEST and will never be forgotten. SEMPER FI !!!"
Cory W. of SERE Brunswick

"Dear Family of Ronald Baum,

My condolences for your loss. I recieved a letter today from my son who is in boot camp at Parris Island. He sent back to me a questionarre I had sent him. One of my questions was who is the recruit you respect most. His response was a recruit who lost his Gunny Sargent uncle in Iraq. And so I came looking for you.

My prayers are with you all.
Lilly of Destrehan, LA USA

"Dear Mrs. Baum,
We were really sad to hear about your husband. Don't even really know what to say. Just remember that hard times do pass. Keep your head held high. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you!"
Megan and Jennifer Liesenfelt of Yucca Valley, CA

"Ron & I became friends while working together at Hoss's back in 1984. He reached out to me when I was having trouble dealing with a broken relationship. His friendship and compassion made a difference in my life and helped me get through that period of my life. His crazy sense of humor and funny catch phrases are still alive and well today with my close circle of friends here in Harrisburg.

I am honored to have known him as a friend and I am extremely proud of his service and dedication as a soldier. Our prayers and hearts remain with his wife & young children and family. God bless you all as you learn to live without him, but never forgetting the way he lived, loved, and made life worth living for others. Thanks for all that you have done, Ron."
Chris Hicks of Harrisburg, PA USA

"I am just writing to say Thanks to everyone who has shared stories with us about Ron. Ron was an extraordinary man. He was a very very special brother. Again I just want to say Thanks to everyone. It has been very comforting to read the stories about him and how others felt about him.
Semper Fi to all and again Thanks.
I love you Ron and you will always be remembered and honored by all of us forever!!!!!
Love you Ron forever.
Your Sister Kelley
I miss you!!"
Kelley (Baum) Duckworth of Frostburg Md.

"Dear Family of Ron Baum,

My prayers are with you all during your great loss. Please know that Ron will never be forgotten. He is truly a hero. I will forever look at our American Flag differently & will always think of Ron when I see it flying.

I knew Ron when we worked at Hoss's Steak & Sea House in 1986. He always made us laugh & get through the days working there.

God Bless You and Your Children in your time of sorrow & forever"
Dolores (Frank) Trimble of Delaware, OH (formally of Hollidaysburg, PA

"My condolences at the loss of your husband, your dad, your son, your brother. I pray for peace to be extended into your homes and hearts at this difficult time.
Back in the early 80's, when the Baum brothers arrived on the Altoona scene, I enjoyed being friends with them. Ron would wear grey wool "woodsy" socks as part of his Altoona High soccer uniform. Despite the rule to deliver all the players at the high school after an away game, Ron convinced our bus drivers to drop him, and me, off at the KFC on the corner of Union and Sixth Avenues. The shorter walk home was great for us, after playing hard and frequently losing for the Mt. Lions. Even though we actually drove right past other kids houses on our route into Altoona, Ron was the only one able to convince the driver to stop closer to home. Jealous, the other guys would suggest we were headed for the LaPierre Hotel across the street... c'mon, we never made it that far, and Ron taught me to take it well. He was a good man, and your loss is much more personal than mine. I just thought I'd add a brief note to let you know he's remembered by people far and wide. Peace be with you."
Patrick Trimble of 23rd and Fourth Avenue, Altoona

"To the family of Ron Baum,

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Ron was a great friend who always made me laugh. I always looked forward to his silly antics and funny voices. He was such a good friend to my brother Louie and I. When he joined the marines I knew he would do great things. It was just in his personality. I know that he couldn't have been the person he was without a wonderful family to support him and love him. I know that you were the drive behind his every action. I am proud to have known him even if it was just for a short time. I feel I'm a better person for having known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. My God cradle you in his arms in this time of need. May you find solice in knowing others are thinking and praying for you. Thank you for helping him to be the man that he was and giving him the strength to fight for our freedoms. He will always be my hero."
Shelly (Endress) Lopez of Harrisburg, PA

"Thank you Sgt. Ronald E. Baum for serving our country . .May God be with your family. We know your pain we just lost a grandson over there."
Blanche Kitchen of Irvona Pa

"sorry about your lost.may god be with you and your family.afriend of a friend."
linda allington of norwich, conn.

"Dear Connie, Cindy and Children:
How inadequate words are at a time like this. Although I did not know Ron personally, I do know of the love and kindness his Mother gave and instilled in those around her.
As so many others have said in these e-mails, he is a HERO to us. What he sacrificed is the ultimate for those of us who value our freedom and liberty. He is with Our Father, in His peaceful and loving arms. And he will be in our prayers as will all of you as you walk in the painful months ahead. He sustained me at the time of my parent's death. But this death is so different than their's was. Because of the ultimate sacrifice for which he served, we will be forever indebted to his valor and courage.
I had hoped to attend the service tomorrow but cannot. I will be in the chapel at work at the time of the service praying for the comfort and love that only God can provide.
May you know that your family is never far away and prays for you each day. I have added you to our prayer chain at our church and will be in contact with Connie soon."
Cheryl (Williams) Kirchner of Richmond, VA

"Dear Cindy:
I am so sorry to find about your husband. This makes me very sad for you and your family.I'm sure your kids know how great he was. I'm just so sorry that he had to do this for us. I know that you and your family will go on, and will miss him. I know that will never end. And you will miss him every day. I'm not sure about alot of things. But I do know that he is with God. Take care of you. Nicole would like to say the same thing, this is a hard thing for her. She lost her grandfather three years ago not in the same way. But it all hurts the same. She wants you to know that she is getting married in June. Are Prayers to you and your family.You are in our prays."
Andrea&Nicole Echeverria of Yucca Valley, CA

"Cindy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, sorry isn't even good enough for what you are enduring. No matter what right now he is watching down on you, the kids and all his marines. He was a great man, father, husband and marine who will never be forgotten by those who were blessed with his presence. We just want you to know that we are always here and that will never change. Our men miss him deeply but know that till they come home he is there with them guiding them on the right road home. He is always a HERO in our hearts.
Love your sis and his marine,"
Raymond and Nicole Masters







"My dearest Cindy,
My heart just goes out to you and the children. Your loss is huge but time will heal the worst of your hurt. Remember, darling girl, that those beautiful children that you and Ron brought forth are his bits of Immortality. It's hard to think like that now, I know, but as a widow myself, I can feel your pain.
---I just wish the five of you would have had more time together here and now. He is watching over you ---believe that.
With all my love and affection,
Dixie Miller
Landers E.S. and
Reno, Nevada"
Dxie K. Miller of Reno, Nevada

"To the Friends and Family of Gysgt Ronald Baum.
His sacrifices and yours will never be forgotten by us all. Semper Fi, God Bless."
Cpl. Brian Dockey, USMC of Williamsport, PA

"To everyone visiting this site:

RON IS COMING HOME!!!!! You should be here.....because it is going to be one hell of a parade in his honor."
The Johnston's of Hemet, California/US; Riverside, California/US; Cleveland, Ohio/US

"To my best friend Connie:
And your entire family,i only wish i could change it all and take the pain away.May God bless and uphold each one of you,know that you are in the center of a circle surrounder by love and prayers,that what ever you are going through you will go through, hold steadfast to each other and especially the children, Ron gave his life for us and for them that they may continue to live in a free world,without men like Ron and Brian our flag couldn't stand and one thing i know Ron was proud to be a United States Marine. Thank you Ronald Baum for giving your life for our freedom and to Brian thank you so much for serving your country ."
with love Amy of Altoona,PA

"To Ronald'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"Dear Connie and Family;
May God grant you His love and mercy in your time of grief. Ron's sacrafice for our freedoms will always be remembered."
Sam & Sue (Williams) Runk of Bellefonte, PA

"I am terrible with words, but please know that our love and prayers are with you now and always."
Linda Higginson and Family of Yucca Valley, CA

"Cindy, this is a note which we received from our Pastor and we wish to share it with you. (We have our Pastor’s permission).

Peggy and Cork,
Just stopped in to express my heartfelt concern over the passing into next life of your nephew. As an American, I am thankful your nephew was willing to give his life for my freedom and country. As a Christian, I know God has received him into arms of his mercy and healing – and from a war torn environment he has found wellness and peace.
I pray for both of you and your sister’s family that God will walk with you. If I can helpful, let me know.

Pastor Keith
(W. Keith Rockwell, Donation Church, Huntingdon, Pa)"
Harold Hilling of Huntingdon, Pa.

"Connie and Family,
May God continue to guide you through this most difficult time. I am keeping you in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Connie, I just dont know what to say to you. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and am keeping you and your family close to my heart."
sheila Pringle of altoona pa

"Cindy, these are the things I remember and cherish about you, Ron, and your children:
The spaghetti dinner at our house before you transferred to Maine. What an enjoyable time we had!
The emails from Ron about the children, the Christmas cards, and the pictures of your family. The email of the Big Buck he bagged behind your house, and the story of how he got it.
The picnic with your family, Brian’s family and Connie at our house before he went to North Carolina. Those are the treasured memories that we will always have.
Ron was a dedicated father, husband and Marine. He was loved very much.
Aunt Peggy and Uncle “Cork” --- Huntingdon, Pa."
Harold Hilling of Huntingdon, Pa.

"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

"Dear Cindy, Connie, Brian, Kelly and families,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time. There is no doubt that Ron will be remembered as a first class Marine, husband and father. My prayers are that God hold each of you through this, and that you take strength from the outpouring of God's love through the many friends and family members who were blessed by knowing Ron."
Anna Fleck of Altoona, PA

"Dear Connie: My prayers are with you and your family. We only met a few times but I felt like I'd known you all my life. May God and your friends give you some comfort at this time. My Love comes with this note."
Linda Morris of Ventura, CA


"My Dear friend Connie, Cindy and children. It has truly touched my heart to see and feel the deep pride that shines trought your grief. Ron was a Marine. He knew exactly what that meant and he proudly lived his life accordinly. I have no words to express what I feel all I can say is that Ron's death cuts to the heart of myself and every other proud "Marine Mom" we mourn with you and stand a little taller and walk a little prouder in support of heros like Ron."
Linda Webster of Altoona, Pa.

"My Dear Friend Connie -

Words cannot express the pain, and sympathy I have in my heart for your loss. Your many unanswered questions play in my mind also. As your friend and the mother of soldiers, my heart goes out to you.

Although I didn't know Ron, I am sure that he was a fine son, husband, father and Marine because you raised him. You must be very proud knowing what a fine man he was and that you couldn't have done a better job. Nothing can take this loss from you and your family but I hope you find some peace in knowing that the part of him that made him who he was, his spirit, is still with you.

You are an inspiration to so many people and have touched so many lives. It is my hope that now, you will let those of us who love you, help carry you when you feel that you can no longer carry yourself. God Bless you and Cindi, Brian and Kelly. And may God especially Bless Ron's children that they might hold their father in fond remembrence. I love you!

Your Friend,"
Lori Krise of Altoona, PA/USA

"I'm so sorry of your loss but most surely Heaven's gain. My heart bleeds for Ronnie's entire family. I wish that I could do something to take the shock, pain and tears away that I know have overcome you. Ronnie was a good man and he served his time, not just in the service for our country but for our LORD who has called him home. Please know that I am here for you for what ever any of you may need. The love you have all shared with Ronnie in his short stay here is more than some people ever share in a very long life time. May GOD Bless all of you and envelope you with HIS love to carry you through. I'd like to write something to you to carry with you so that you know Ronnie is now safe and even though he's gone in body he will always be with all of you in spirit.

I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly trod the valley of the shade? Oh! but Jesus' love illumined every dark and fearful glade. And HE came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus' arm to lean on, could I have one doubt or dread? Then you must not grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still; try to look beyond earth's shadows, pray to trust our Father's Will. There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth you shall rest in Jesus' land. When that work is all completed, HE will gently call you Home, Oh! the rapture of that meeting, oh , the joy to see you come!

May all of you find comfort in each others faith,love and strength.
God Bless.

Friends & family of Kelley and Connie."
Sheila & Rob Wilt of 513 South Pine, New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 32169

"Grandma and Grandpa Peddie send their love."
Mr. Mrs Jack Peddie of Yucca Valley, CA.

"Your sacrifice will be remembered and honored. God Bless."
Shannon Deese of MCAS New River, NC

"Dear Cindy and kids...even though I have not personally met you, I feel I have in phone conversations. I feel for your loss. I pray that the Lord will give you strength to overcome this enormous loss. Take comfort in Debbie being there with you, she loves you so dearly. He was truly a hero in all our eyes."
Tracey Madden of Landers Elementary School, California

"Dear Cindy and Family,
I mourn with you your lost and share the saddness you feel. I will keep you in my prayers that the Lord will give you confort, strength and eventual peace. Ronnie was one of the niest young men Art and I have known and he will be missed."
Irene M. Connor of Yucca Valley, California

"Ron was such a nice man, a loving husband, a wonderful dad, and a hero...the last time he wrote to me, he was more concerned with how everyone else was doing than himself...he signed his letter, "Brother Ron" and I cherish that...I send my prayers to Ron's entire family, especially Cindi, Ronnie, Taylor and Derek...My heart aches for you and I wish you peace and love...you are in my prayers...

For Ron
To me, the flag has new meaning, as do my liberties,
For I know someone who lost his life in order to fight for these.
To say Ron is a hero seems less than he deserves,
For there aren't enough words to thank him for the duty which he served.
He believed in the virtues of America and all that we stand for,
So that we all enjoy our freedoms, including the family he so adored.
Though not related by blood, I loved him just the same,
For FAMILY is what you feel in your heart and not just sharing a name.
Though your physical being is not here on earth, and we will miss you, Ron,
Your spirit and memory live among us, so you're never really gone."
Cindy Melton of Huntington Beach, CA USA!

"To the family and friends of Ron.
We know what Ron has done is the ultimate sacrifice. What a HERO!! We want to thank you for the freedom that we enjoy. God Bless you and your family, our extended family, knowing that our prayers are with you always."
Les and Norma of Chino Hills, Ca USA

"To the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California

"Thank you Ronald Baum, 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 Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Baum:
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 Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Baum:
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