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Sgt. Lester D. Baroncini Obituary


When it came to recalling things they remembered most about Lester D. Baroncini Jr., soldiers invariably mentioned his love of firearms. "His favorite gun was the AK-47, I can tell you that," said Pfc. Corey Maisch, Baroncini''s former roommate. "All he talked about was his AKs back home." Soldiers said they estimated Baroncini''s firearms collection to be in the dozens at least. "If it had a firing pin in it, he knew it," Maisch said. Baroncini, of Bakersfield, Calif., died Oct. 15 in Samarra when land mines detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to Fort Bragg. He graduated high school in 1991 and attended Bakersfield College. Baroncini, always a patriot, went to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. "Even as a child, at Halloween he could never decide whether to be an Army man or a cowboy, so every year it changed," said the Rev. Craig Harrison, a pastor. He worked on the family ranch from the time he was big enough to rope, ride and drive a tractor. "He always talked about getting back to that ranch," said Staff Sgt. Timothy Jones. He is survived by his parents, Lester and Pixie.
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Published online on October 20, 2006.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on October 24, 2006
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