‘Tuxedo Five’ recognized during services


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  • Photo by Ed Bailey As has become the tradition at George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo, students, staff and other members of the school community recognize the contributions made by the ìTuxedo Fiveî - Baker students and teachers - in service to the nation. At last weekís Memorial Day services at school, family members of Scott Lynch and Lou Allen also were recognized. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Baker Principal Denis Petrilak; Tanya Lynch (Scott Lynchís wife); Vivian Allen (Lou Allenís mother); Jerry and Jim Lynch (Scott Lynchís brothers); guest speaker Marine Major Matthew Millburn; and Staff Sergeant Nathan McGinnis. The Tuxedo Five are: Allen, a teacher at Baker High School, who was killed in Iraq in 2005 while on duty; Scott Lynch was a Marine Lance Corporal who died while on duty in Afghanistan in 2010 and had been a student of Lou Allenís; Scott Morrow and Joseph Smith who served in Vietnam; and Eric Nicholson joined the South Carolina State Police after leaving Marine Corps and was shot down by a bank robber in 2000.




  • Photo by Ed Bailey




  • Photo by Ed Bailey Student Alexis DeLaRosa signs the National Anthem during Memorial Day ceremonies held May 24 at George S. Baker High School in Tuxedo. The students, staff and larger school community notes the sacrifices that soldiers who have strong ties to Baker High School as either students or teachers have made for the country.



TUXEDO — As has become the tradition at George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo, students, staff and other members of the school community recognize the contributions made by “The Tuxedo Five” - four Baker students and one teacher who died in service to the nation.

The Tuxedo Five are:
Lou Allen, a teacher at Baker, who was killed in Iraq in 2005 while on duty.

Scott Lynch, a 2006 graduate, had been one of Allen’s students, He was a Marine Lance Corporal who died while on duty in Afghanistan in 2010.

Scott Morrow and Joseph Smith had both served in Viet Nam.

Eric Nicholson had joined the South Carolina State Police after a tour of duty in the U.S. Marines and was shot down by a bank robber in 2000.

Allen’s mother and Scott’s widow and two brothers were among those at the last week’s ceremonies.

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