Camp Lejeune Marine killed in missile attack

From Staff ReportsMay 6, 2004 

CAMP LEJEUNE -- A Camp Lejeune Marine was killed Monday in Fallujah, Iraq, after a missile struck the Humvee he was traveling in, according to the U.S. Department of Defense and press reports.

Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum, 38, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was killed in the Al Anbar province.

Two other Marines with Baum were injured, according to the Altoona Mirror, the fallen Marine's hometown newspaper.

Baum, an 18-year veteran, was assigned to the 2nd Intelligence Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, according to the Department of Defense.

Baum is survived by his wife Cindy, two sons and a daughter, according to the Altoona Mirror.

Baum, an avid hunter and sports buff, enlisted in the Marines in 1986 with his younger brother, Brian -- who is also stationed in Iraq -- two years after graduating from high school.

His brother will accompany Baum's remains to their hometown, according to news reports.

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