HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Marine who grew up in Minnesota is being mourned following his combat-related death in Afghanistan.
Marine Corporal Taylor J. Baune, age 21, of Andover died June 13 while carrying out combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Baune was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force based in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
His father-in-law, Randy Crooker, says Baune and his daughter Colleen got married in Las Vegas in March, shortly before he shipped out to Afghanistan. The couple was living in San Diego, where Baune's unit was based. Crooker says Taylor was a "happy-go-lucky guy" who was always smiling and "always lit up the room when he came in."
CNN says Baune is the 2,000th American to die during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Taylor Baune was a 2009 graduate of Andover High School, where Assistant Principal Bob Bursaw calls it "sad news." Bursaw says Baune transferred to Andover from Anoka High School during his junior year.
Details of Baune's death are not being released by the Department of Defense.
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