U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 477-09
July 02, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle June 29, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq. They were assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, Wilmington, North Carolina
- Sergeant first Cass Edward C. Kramer, 39, of Wilmington, North Carolin
- Sergeant Roger L. Adams Jr., 36, of Jacksonville, North Carolina
- Sergeant Juan C. Baldeosingh, 30, of Newport, North Carolina
- Specialist Robert L. Bittiker, 39, of Jacksonville, North Carolina
3 July 2009:
Courtesy of Newsday
To those who knew him, Sergeant Juan Carlos Baldeosingh was both carefree and dutiful, a fun-loving joker who found military service so fulfilling that he enlisted twice.
Baldeosingh, a National Guardsman who grew up in Hempstead, New York, was among the last four soldiers killed in Baghdad on Monday, just before the U.S. pullback this week in Iraq.
He was scheduled for a two-week leave next week.
“We thought he was coming back,” his half-sister Dianna Baldeosingh, 28, said tearfully Thursday at a relative's East Meadow home.
A former Marine, Baldeo-singh, 30, was a U.S. Army National Guardsman serving with the Multi-Nation Division Baghdad when he was killed. His family said the Humvee he was in was hit by an improvised explosive device.
He was on temporary leave from Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina, where hospital officials said he served as director of the risk management and safety department. He enlisted in the Marines right after high school and served as an infantryman from 1997 to 2004, including a tour in Afghanistan in 2003-04. He moved to North Carolina several years ago and had recently moved his mother from Long Island so she could be closer, his family said.
Baldeosingh enlisted last year in the National Guard. “He was proud of putting on the uniform,” said his younger half-sister, Jennyfer Baldeosingh, 26, of East Meadow.
She said her brother called his mother nightly – and last talked to her on Sunday night, saying he had to go into Baghdad the next day.
“He knew he was going into hostile territory,” Jennyfer Baldeosingh said. He also leaves behind his wife, Rebecca, and three young daughters – Emily, 2, and 5-year-old twins, Isabella and Kylie.
“I'm very devastated. . . . I had bought the materials to make his welcome home sign for when we picked him up from the Raleigh airport,” Rebecca Baldeosingh said by phone from their home in Havelock, North Carolina.
Baldeosingh was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, where the school Web site had a death notice.
A message posted with the notice read: “With sadness and gratitude, the Holy Trinity Community prays for Juan, his family, and all of our brave servicemen and women.”
A ceremony will be held in North Carolina with burial to follow, though details were not finalized yesterday.
Hospital holds memorial service for soldier killed in Iraq
July 6, 2009
By JANNETTE PIPPIN
Courtesy of JD News
MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina – A photograph from a Christmas Party shows what many of Carteret General Hospital's employees remember most about Carlos Baldeosingh: his smile.
“He was just a happy and go-lucky fellow,” said CGH Chief of Security Stephon Gaskill of his friend and colleague.
Sergeant Juan C. “Carlos” Baldeosingh was one of the four soldiers from eastern North Carolina killed last week in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee. All four were assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion in Wilmington.
The loss hit hard at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, where Baldeosingh worked for five years as a security officer. A private memorial service was held Monday afternoon at the hospital to give employees an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to Baldeosingh.
“We're like a close-knit family; it's a tremendous loss when we lose one of our own,” said John Lee, director of the hospital's Department of Risk Management, Safety and Security.
From calming difficult situations to providing interpretive services for the Hispanic community, Baldeosingh was devoted to his duties and did them well, Lee said.
“There was just something about him. He was such a positive, energetic person and a huge asset to the hospital,” he said. “He was very passionate about the job and committed to doing the best job that he could.”
That same dedication applied to his service to his country, Gaskill said.
Baldeosingh joined the Carteret General Hospital staff after serving in the Marine Corps but had an overwhelming desire to continue military duty and to go to Iraq.
“He felt like he hadn't finished what he started in the Marine Corps; he felt like it was something he needed to do,” Gaskill said.
Baldeosingh was on a temporary leave of absence from the hospital and was expected to return to work full time following his tour of duty.
Lee, who was active duty Army, empathizes with the need and the drive to give back.
“His desire was just to be his brother's keeper, his sister's keeper and to keep the soldiers out of harm's way. He just had a desire to be back in military uniform,” Lee said.
A National Guard Armory sits just across the street from the hospital, and Rebecca Baldeosingh said her husband saw there the opportunity to return to military service.
“He was for the Marines. He was for the sailors and he was for the soldiers. He was for them all and that's why he went,” she said.
Baldeosingh was scheduled to return home this week for a two-week leave and then return to Iraq to finish his tour.
Baldeosingh loved his family – the couple has three daughters: 5-year-old twins and a 2-year-old – and his family stood behind his passion for duty to his country.
“That's where he wanted to be. I understood why he wanted to go,” Rebecca Baldeosingh said.
The 120th Combined Arms Battalion is part of North Carolina's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat team headquartered in Clinton. The 30th consists of 4,000 soldiers mainly from North Carolina, with additional troops from West Virginia and Colorado.
The 30th mobilized at the end of last year and left North Carolina in April. It is expected to return from deployment in early 2010.
Rebecca Baldeosingh said a memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Morehead City. Burial will be later at Arlington National Cemetery.
NC National Guardsman buried today in Arlington National Cemetery
4 August 2009
July 2009 was a double-edged sword for the United States military. It was the deadliest month in Afghanistan since the war began, with 42 Americans killed. It was also the least deadly for the U.S. in Iraq, where seven soldiers were killed.
But June is the month the North Carolina National Guard experienced it's greatest single loss of the war. Four soldiers from the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team were killed in a roadside bomb on June 29th. The last of them will be buried today in Arlington National Cemetery.
At the request of his family, Sergeant Juan Carlos Baldeosingh will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery this morning. He died in the same explosion on June 29th that killed three other soldiers from North Carolina's largest guard unit, the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat team. Nearly 4,000 soldiers for that unit deployed to Iraq in April.
First Lieutenant Matthew Boyle of the North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office says losing those four soldiers sent shivers through the entire unit – and their families at home:
“It's always hard,” says First Lieutenant Boyle. “One or five, you know any number is tough. It was tough last year with the guys from the MP unit. That was hard too for the guard. It's hard every time.”
Last year, four soldiers from the guard's 1132nd Military Police Company were killed in action between March 22nd and April 18th.
The June 29th deaths of Sergeant Juan Carlos Baldeosingh, Sergeant First Class Edward Chester Kramer, Sergeant Roger Leeroy Adams, Jr. and Specialist Robert Lee Bittiker bring to 15 the total number of North Carolina National Guard soldiers killed in action since September 11th 2001.
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