Cody G Baker
August 3, 2011
Killed in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
|PFC Cody G. Baker
(November 23, 1991 - August 3, 2011)
HOLTON – PFC Cody G. Baker, 19, of Holton died August 3, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Cody was born on November 23, 1991 in Topeka, KS. He was the son of Gilbert O. and Candice L. Ferguson Baker, Jr. Cody graduated from Holton High School in 2010. He joined the US Army in February 2010. During his 1 ˝ years of military service he received numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He had attended Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Cody is survived by his mom, Candy Baker (Mike) McManigal of Holton; maternal grandmother, Sharon Ferguson of Leavenworth, KS; paternal grandfather, Jack McManigal of Holton; brother, Ryan L. (Ashley) Baker of Mayetta, KS; sisters, Hillary (Jessie) Goetz of Gardner, KS and Danielle (Brad) Alley of Holton; brothers, Nick (Karri) Baker of Gardner, KS, Ryan A. Baker of Independence, MO and Jordan McManigal of Emporia, KS; his girlfriend and best friend Chelsie Moore of Holton, KS and 7 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holton Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the Cody Baker Scholarship Fund c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
|From The Topeka Central-Journal cjonline.com
Holton soldier killed in Afghanistan
Posted: August 5, 2011 - 12:37pm
By Phil Anderson
A 19-year-old U.S. Army soldier from Holton and another member of his battalion were killed earlier this week while serving in Afghanistan, authorities said.
The Department of Defense identified the soldiers as Pfc. Cody G. Baker, a 2010 graduate of Holton High School, and Pfc. Gil I. Morales Del Valle, 21, of Jacksonville, Fla.
Authorities said the soldiers, both of whom were infantrymen, died Wednesday from injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device in the Wardak province of Afghanistan.
Baker and Del Valle were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and were stationed at Fort Polk, La.
Holton High School principal Rod Wittmer, who is preparing for his second year at the helm of the school, said Friday afternoon that staff members were shocked and saddened at the news of the young soldier’s death.
Holton teachers remembered Baker as “very well liked and respected,” said Wittmer, who came to the school several months after Baker’s graduation.
Wittmer said staff members at the school respected the service Baker provided to his community and his country and that "our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."
Upon learning of his death, Baker’s friends prepared and posted a video tribute on YouTube. The video is available on CJOnline.com.
Many tributes also were posted on Baker’s Facebook page, with comments by fellow soldiers and friends from Holton.
“Americans are forever indebted to Pfc. Baker for his service to our country and sacrifice on our behalf,” Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said in a statement. “My heart goes out to his family as they mourn this tragic loss, and I ask all Kansans to join me in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Baker joined the Army in June 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Ga., he arrived at Fort Polk, La., in October 2010. Baker deployed with his unit in November 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Baker's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Army officials said Baker is survived by his mother and stepfather.
Funeral services for Baker will be announced next week by Mercer Funeral Home in Holton.
Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags in the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, August 13, in honor of Pfc. Cody G. Baker, of Holton, Kansas, who died on August 3, 2011, while serving in the U.S. Army in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
"On behalf of the state of Kansas, Lt. Gov. Colyer and I offer our deepest sympathies to the Baker family," Gov. Brownback said. "Pfc. Baker answered the call to serve and he is a hero for his sacrifice. Kansas and her citizens are deeply grateful for his service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
In a year and a half of service, Baker was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
The Pentagon said Pfc. Baker and Pfc. Gil I. Morales Del Valle, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, were killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Pfc. Baker was an infantryman with the Fort Polk, Louisiana based 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton with burial to follow in Holton Cemetery.
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