He was at that stage in life where he has to make the choice of what to do. It doesn't matter what I want him to do. It's what he wants to do.
— Bert Baro, father, on his son enlisting
Baro died with his childhood friend Jared Hubbard when a bomb exploded in Fallouja. Above, Baro is pictured at left with Hubbard. Three years later Hubbard's brother Nathan, who joined to honor them, was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq.
California's War Dead
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who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, San Diego
Landon L. Jones, 35, Lompoc
Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, Fontana
Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, Santa Maria
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