The U.S. Department of Defense announced June 14 that Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, 21, formerly of Andover, died June 13 while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Baune was a 2009 graduate of Andover High School, according to an Anoka-Hennepin School District official.
Baune was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Baune enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Sept. 4, 2008, according to a public affairs official with the 1st Marine Division. His father Gary Baune of Andover said he did not want his son to enlist, but Taylor was the kind of person to raise his hand and volunteer. Gary said Taylor would have had most of his college tuition covered after four years of full-time and two years of part-time military service.
Taylor was first assigned to Camp Pendleton, Calif., and later Twentynine Palms, Calif. He married his high school sweetheart Colleen, who he had met at Andover High School.
Taylor and his family lived in Coon Rapids and Ramsey before moving to Andover. He attended Anoka High School his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Andover High School for his junior and senior years.
He was active in karate first to increase his balance and then in football, basketball, baseball and golf, Gary said. He joined the golf team when he was a junior at Andover High School and this soon became his favorite sport. He even worked at The Links at Northfork in Ramsey and the Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka for some time. Some college golf coaches showed interest in Taylor, according to Gary.
Taylor and Colleen got married in Las Vegas right before he was deployed to Afghanistan about four months ago, according to Gary.
In describing Taylor’s personality, Gary said his son “could walk into a room and be friends with people” almost instantly.
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