Cpl. Zachary D. Baker
  • Date of passing: May 28, 2007
Let the memory of Cpl. Zachary be with us forever

24, of Vilonia, Ark.; assigned to the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died May 28 in Abu Sayda, Iraq, of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were1st Lt. Kile G. West, Sgt. Anthony D. Ewing, Cpl. James E. Summers and Spc. Alexandre A. Alexeev.

Ark. soldier dies in Memorial Day roadside bomb attack

By The Associated Press

VILONIA, Ark. — An Arkansas soldier serving in Iraq died Monday after a roadside bomb exploded near the Bradley fighting vehicle he was in, his stepfather said Friday.

Spc. Zachary Baker, 24, of Vilonia died along with five others from a team racing to the scene of a U.S. helicopter crash, Ken Wilcher Jr. said. Baker served in the 1st Calvary out of Fort Hood, Texas, Wilcher said.

Baker is survived by his wife Christina and a 7-year-old son, Wilcher said.

“He was a good Christian man,” Wilcher said. “He thought more about everybody else than he thought about himself.”

Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins, deputy director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described the crash as part of a “complex” attack by enemy forces who first shot down the helicopter, then used roadside bombs to kill troops rushing to the site. He said two men in the helicopter died in the Memorial Day crash.

Overall, a count by The Associated Press shows 45 military members from Arkansas have died in the Iraq war

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