SALTILLO, MS, USA U.S. Marines PFC, WPNS CO, 3D BN, 8TH MAR, (RCT-8), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC NASSER WA SALAAM, IRAQ 05/09/2005
19 year-old PFC Stephen Baldwyn of Saltillo, Miss.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed May 9, 2005 in an explosion while he was conducting combat operations in Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq.
Baldwyn wanted to become a Marine so he could see the world.”He wanted adventure,” said his mother, Stephanie.
Baldwyn earned his Eagle Scout badge before graduating from high school in 2004 and leaving for boot camp.
“He was a real energetic kid,” said high school principal Robert Smith. “He loved his community and his country.”
Baldwyn e-mailed Smith from Iraq about how he was helping the people of Iraq rebuild their country. “He was more than willing to go. He was a very patriotic kid,” Smith said.
Baldwyn is survived by his parents, Danny and Stephanie Baldwyn.