Jun 15, 2012 at 8:23 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The 20-year-old wife of a Minnesota Marine killed in Afghanistan says he had a passion for life and never took a day for granted.
Colleen Baune says 21-year-old Corporal Taylor Baune of Andover was on foot patrol Wednesday when his unit came upon an improvised explosive device.
She says they were high school sweethearts. He joined the Marines shortly after graduating from Andover High School in 2009. They were living in San Diego, California.
Baune says they were engaged for just a couple months before they got married in March in Las Vegas, right before he deployed. She says he wanted to make sure that she was covered if anything happened.
Meanwhile some of those who knew Corporal Baune are sharing their admiration of how he lived his life.
"Its very admirable at that age to know that direction, and to be that committed and that clear about it," Jeff Thompson, one of Baune's high school teachers said. "He obviously fulfilled his dreams and did a very admirable thing in serving for the country."
Funeral arrangements are pending. Baune plans to fly to Dover Air Force Base Friday for the return of her husband's body.
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