Joseph Baddick

Joe served as an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper before working for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for twenty years. Originally from the coal region, he now resides with his wife Sheila in Berks County, PA. He enjoys golf, winemaking, fine dining, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Joe is the author of two books: My Hero, My Son and All-American Hearts.

A.J. Baddick

Andrew J. Baddick was born on June 30, 1977 at Coaldale Hospital in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Jim Thorpe High School in 1997 and entered the United States Army in 1999. He took his basic training and infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, then was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle driver. He re-enlisted for six more years and returned to Fort Benning for jump school. He was then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

A.J. Deployed to Afghanistan in August of 2002 and served six months at Baghram Air Base with Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Upon his return to Fort Bragg, he was assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He deployed with them to Iraq in the fall of 2003. Not long after his arrival in Iraq, the incident would occur that would take his life.

Sergeant Andrew J. Baddick is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 60. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Soldier’s Medal. A.J.

A.J. was raised in Jim Thorpe, PA and was an avid kayaker and swimmer. He guided rafting trips down the Lehigh River. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He hunted with guns and with the bow and arrow. He belonged to the Jim Thorpe Fire Department, and was a driver for the ambulance service.