Louisiana State Police investigating La. National Guard soldier death

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana National Guard soldier found dead in a parking lot has been identified as 41-year-old Staff Sgt. Jon Michael Gaudette of Baton Rouge.

Originally from Sacramento, California, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001 and joined the LAARNG in 2014, serving as an infantryman and combat engineer, according to the Louisiana National Guard.

The National Guard said his most recent assignment was with the LANG’s Task Force COVID, assisting with the testing and vaccinations for institutes of higher learning.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 M device, the Army Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon (2), the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Louisiana National Guard Achievement Ribbon, the Louisiana National Guard War Cross Medal (2), the Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon (3), the Louisiana National Guard General Excellence Ribbon (5) and the Louisiana National Guard Longevity Ribbon (4).

Louisiana State Police continue to investigate his death.


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana State Police are investigating the death of a Louisiana National Guard soldier.

According to the Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office, the guardsman was found dead in the Louisiana Department of Public Safety parking lot on Friday.

This is a developing story.

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