American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff on Tuesday, October 15th in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of US Army Staff Sgt Thomas Baysore Jr. Staff Sgt. Baysore died of a result of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit during combat operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a squad leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. Staff Sgt. Baysore was serving on his third deployment with his first having come in March of 2003 to Iraq and his second in 2005 to Afghanistan.
US Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Baysore Jr received some of the following awards during his career: three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, one Valorous United Award, one Army Superior Unit Award, four Army Good Conduct Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, one Iraq Campaign Medal with Arrowhead, one Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, one Army Service Ribbon, one NATO Defense Medal. U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge-Gold with three Star Sapphires, one Combat Infantryman’s Badge, one Expert Infantryman’s Badge, one Air Assault Badge, one Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge with Distinguished Device, Bronze Service Star, one Expert Marksmanship Badge. Additionally, Thomas was also awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his ultimate sacrifice to his country.