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Tonight, we remember an Airman from Louisiana. He deployed in September 2012 into an undisclosed location in southeast Asia.  He was due back home this month when he died of a heart attack at 43.  

Since 2001, there have been 2187 American troops killed in Afghanistan. Since January 1, 2013 there were 13 U.S. casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Please bear in mind that these diaries are read by friends and family of the service members chronicled here. May all of our remembrances be full of compassion rather than politics.


DoD Announces Air Force Casualty

Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La., died March 7 as a result of a non-combat incident at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia.  He was assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Tammy Bunn told the Shreveport Times:
“When you drive up and you see the men in blue on your porch, my first response to them was are you sure you have the right house?"
Bunn was born in Texas, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1987 and began with the 2nd Maintenance Munitions Squadron, he moved into the 917 Reserve Wing in 1990, and recently transitioned into the Aerospace Group Equipment Technician.  

Tammi Bunn told the paper he was due home this month, they would have been together for their thirteenth anniversary in May.  She added, he was in perfect health.

“Larry wouldn’t die of a heart attack. He was healthy. Tell me he was blown up, but don’t tell me he died of a heart attack. Tell me there was a mistake ... It’s been crazy for all of us to wrap our hands around. I don’t know that’s something many of us will even be able to come to grips with.”
Bunn is remembered for being a great co-worker and father of six.  Tammy said the family was affectionately known as "the Bunn Bunch" for being a loving, caring, and  blended family.  Senior Master Sgt. David Wood told the Shreveport Times:
“He was all about those kids, baseball and coaching,” Wood said. “He talked about them all the time. He was a huge part of their lives.”
Staff Sgt. Larry Bunn, 917th Maintenance Squadron aircraft ground equipment specialist, starts a power unit during a post flight inspection of a 93rd Bomb Squadron B-52 while deployed to RAAF Darwin, Australia in support of Opertion Tandem Thrust 2001 in May.
Tech Sgt. Larry D. Bunn
Sources:  Bossier Press,Shreveport Times,

Rest in peace, Tech Sgt. Larry Bunn.


I Got the News Today is a diary series intended to honor, respect and remind.  Its title is a reminder that almost every day a military family gets the terrible news about a loved one. Diaries about the fallen usually appear two days after their names are officially released, which allows time for the IGTNT team to find and tell their stories.

All of the U.S. fatalities can be seen here and here.  They all had loved ones, families and friends.  The DoD news releases are here.  I Got the News Today is intended to honor, respect and remind.  Click the IGTNT tags below for previous diaries.

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