Baker, Riley Elam, Cpl

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2003-2006, 0317, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)
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2002 - 2006



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Eureka, MO

Casualty Date
Jun 22, 2006
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
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Section N Site 157

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3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)
  2003-2006, 0317, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)
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  2004-2009 Camp Blue Diamond Ramadi, Iraq (FOB)
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Birth:  Nov. 14, 1983
Death:  Jun. 22, 2006, Iraq

Corporal Riley E. Baker, a Marine from Eureka, Missouri, was killed in Iraq on June 22nd from an explosive device. He was killed in the Al Anbar Province. He was a member of the 3rd Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp LeJeune, NC. This was his second tour of duty in Iraq.

He was born November 14, 1983 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Riley served in the United States Marine Corps as a Scout Sniper and Team Leader in the War On Terrorism / Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He was a 2002 graduate of Eureka High School where he was the school's first Missouri State high school wrestling champion. He also was a honorable mention All-Metro linebacker for the Eureka Wildcats football team.

He was a member of the Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Riley enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents: Grier Baker and wife Lisa of Pacific, Missouri and Katie Melies and husband Dave of Union, Missouri; two sisters: Megan Baker of Pacific, Missouri and Kristina Cordova and husband Aaron of Denver, Colorado; one step-sister: Sara Melies of Union and two step-brothers: Christopher Melies and David Melies of Union, Missouri; paternal grandparents: Channing and Margaret Baker of Eureka, Missouri and John Stewart of Fenton, Missouri; great uncle and aunt: Ken and Beth Elam of Eureka, Missouri; maternal grandparents: Tom and Shirley Casey of Pevely, Missouri and Dave Melies Sr. of Koeltztown, Missouri; The Moore Family; 3BN, 8th Marines Sniper Platoon: Daniel 'Boo' Stanaland; Sniper Team II: Sgt. Hamilton, LCpl Mediroers, Doc Leviner, LCpl Briskin and LCpl Fitzpatrick and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Valle and Bert Elam.

Services: Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at the Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eureka with a Memorial Service following the visitation at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Alex Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the United States Marine Corps.

Memorials may be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or the Riley E. Baker Wrestling Scholarship Fund in care of CUNNINGHAM-MILLARD-CANTRIEL Funeral Home 108 N. Central Ave. Eureka, MO 63025. 636-938-3000.

How wonderful to have ~Bluejean~ ILM of Bo & BJ for
sponsoring this grave. Thank you.

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