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Army Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker

Died April 26, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

30, of Plymouth, Pa., assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 103rd Armor Regiment, Army National Guard, Tamaqua, Pa.; killed April 26 by a large explosion while performing site security in Baghdad.

Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate. The 30-year-old was a caseworker for the mentally disabled since he graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1995. A National Guardsman based at Scranton, Pa., Baker, a native of Plymouth, Pa., died April 26 in a Baghdad explosion. His 9-year-old son, J.D., dressed in a copy of his father's desert uniform at his funeral service. His mother, Celeste Zappala, is a peace activist in Philadelphia. Baker is also survived by his wife, Debra.

— Associated Press

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