The National Military News Examiner has on only one other occasion published the name of a fallen warrior without benefit of the official Department of Defense news release. Damien Baer will be laid to rest on Tuesday in Aiken, S.C. For that reason alone, this information is being added to this site for those locally who would like to attend his services. Additional information here.
Without official information, circumstances surrounding his death cannot be speculated upon. First thought to be a private contractor, since there was no government announcement, the funeral home confirms Baer had a Dignified Transfer at Dover AFB.
Sgt. Damien Johnsen Baer, 37, died Oct. 20, 2013, in Afghanistan of unknown causes. At the time of his death he was a linguist at Bagram Air Force Base.
Born in Berrien Springs, Mich., Sgt. Baer graduated from South Aiken High School (S.C.) and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters in Opera from the University of South Carolina. (Click here to listen to his talent.)
Sgt. Baer served one tour in Baghdad with the Signal Intelligence Crops and his 2-1 Stryker Brigade was the last to leave Operation Iraqi Freedom in August of 2010.
Sgt. Baer is survived by his parents, Donald Ken and Debra M. Johnsen Baer, a son, Salvatore Andreas Ventimiglia.
A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Oc.t 29, at St Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken, S.C.
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