My Hero, My Son
My Hero, My Son is a celebration of the life and achievements of Sergeant Andrew J. Baddick, an 82d Airborne Division paratrooper who sacrificed himself to save a fellow soldier in Iraq. Narrated by his father Joseph, the account begins with A.J.’s birth, recalls his youth in the Pennsylvania coal region, and continues through his life-defining military service.
Through anecdotes, personal letters, and interviews, we witness an adventurous teen’s transformation into a soldier and an American hero.
Andrew J. Baddick was born on June 30th, 1977 at Coaldale Hospital in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Jim Thorpe High School in 1997. A.J. entered the Army in 1999. He took his Basic Training and Infantry Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to Ft. Hood, Texas as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle driver. He re-enlisted for six more years and returned to Ft. Benning for Jump School. He was then assigned to the 82d Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
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 Ft. Bragg, he was assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He deployed with them to Iraq in the fall of 2003