- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Hoping to raise money for his family and an orphanage, a 29-year-old Marine is running an online auction in which the winning bidder will get to give him a new name — and he promises to make it legally binding.

“I’ve always thought about different cool inventions and neat ideas like this,” said Sgt. Cody Baker, an Alabama native who was most recently stationed in Japan but is transferring to Camp Lejeune this month. “It’s just the way my mind works. Most of them are off the wall like this. They just sound ridiculous.”

The bidding at Sgt. Baker’s Web site, www.choosemyname.com, began July 20, with a $5 offer to name him Mr. Clean.

Later bids supporting such names as George Bailey of Bedford Falls and Mister Right gave way to the current high bid offer of $26,333.31 from an online coffee vendor that wants the name tape on Sgt. Baker’s uniform to display its slogan, “Finest Freshest Fastest.” Bidding will end at midnight on Jan. 1.

“It will be my name, legally on paper,” he said.

Sgt. Baker said the money will help support his wife and infant son while he goes to college after leaving the Marine Corps in a year and a half. Some of the proceeds will also go to Im Jai House, an orphanage in Thailand.

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