Identities Revealed for Six U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Identities Revealed for Six U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Attack

December 22, 2015

Identities Revealed for Six U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Attack

The identities of six American troops, who were killed Monday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck their patrol in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year, were revealed by a variety of sources earlier today.

The victims included New York City Detective Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD who also volunteered in the U.S. Air National Guard and was on his third deployment to war zones.

"Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first," New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.

A female officer in the Air Force, who was one of the first openly gay service members to get married, was identified on Tuesday as another of the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen is the first openly gay woman to be killed in action, the Daily Beast news website reported, citing a Department of Defense official.

Local media in Statesboro, Georgia, identified a third victim as serviceman Chester McBride Jr., who was remembered by the principal of Statesboro High School as "a young man of high character with a great smile."

Serviceman Michael Anthony Cinco of Rio Grande Valley, Texas, was identified by local media as another victim.

Facebook postings identified others as Staff Sergeants Peter Taub, whose family lives in the Washington, D.C., area, and Louis Bonacasa from New York.

“My son, Chef Jon's brother, Staff Sargeant Peter Taub was one of six killed yesterday in Afghanistan,” wrote the owner of the Taub family sandwich shop in Washington. “The restaurant is closed for the rest of this week.”

Wrote Air Force member Jeffrey Behrman: “Joseph Lemm and Louis Bonacasa, I'm glad to have known you men, I'm glad I was able to buy you men a couple pints before you left for Afghanistan.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of our fallen troops.

(Both Reuters and Yahoo provided the above information.)

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6 Responses

Herogiveaways
Herogiveaways

February 22, 2016

Tammy…thank you for your comment. You are right, she was a hero. We are only reporting facts that were released by Major Vorderbruggen’s family and the DoD. With respect to the family, we did not remove anything the family wished shared in regards to their fallen family member. That is their call and their right.

Judy Williamson
Judy Williamson

February 22, 2016

Am so sorry for these guys been killed. May the perpetual light shine upon them & may they rest in peace.

Yolanda Jumbo
Yolanda Jumbo

February 22, 2016

Prayers

Tammy
Tammy

February 22, 2016

It is so ignorant and unprofessional to point out Major Vorderbruggen was the first openly gay woman to be killed in combat. She deserves more respect than to be identified that way. She was a hero.

Sarah
Sarah

February 22, 2016

My prayers goes to each and every family my brother servered in the Navy for 25 years and I Feel you pain at the lost of a loved one at this time of year. May God be with each and everyone of you.

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