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FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — The Defense Department says a Fort Campbell soldier has died after being struck by enemy fire in Afghanistan.
The military says 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr. of Milton, Pa., died Thursday in Paktya province, Afghanistan.
The Army says Baysore was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform who opened fire on a group of soldiers. He was struck on the left side of his neck.
Baysore was taken to taken to his post aid station where he succumbed to his wounds.
Baysore was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., as a squad leader.
He joined the Army in June 2001 and was stationed at Camp Ederle, Italy, where he had a variety of assignments, including vehicle driver, rifleman, automatic rifleman, and fire team leader. He was also assigned to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion., in Harrisburg, Pa., as a recruiter.
Following his assignment there, Baysore arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in August 2010. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. He deployed once prior to arriving to Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2005, and again with the Division in 2010. He also deployed to Iraq in March 2003.
Baysore is survived by his spouse, Jamie L. Baysore of Clarksville, Tenn., his son, Jamie L. Baysore, age 5, of Clarksville, Tenn., his mother, Sandra Hackerberg of Winfield, Pa., and his father, Mr. Thomas Baysore of Milton, Pa.
A memorial ceremony will be conducted in Afghanistan.