Sunday, January 3, 2016

Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa Laid to Rest

Transfer Ceremony Held for NY Soldier Killed in Afghanistan (photos)
Epoch Times
By Holly Kellum
January 2, 2016

Former and current members of the 105th Airlift Wing and 106th Rescue Wing, along with members of the Bonacasa family gathered at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach on Dec. 31 for a ramp ceremony for staff sergeant Louis Bonacasa.
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Louis Bonacasa, Coram airman killed in attack, buried Saturday in Calverton 
News Day
By Darran Simon
January 2, 2016
A funeral for Sgt. Louis Bonacasa who was killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan was held at New Beginnings Christian Center in Coram on Jan. 2, 2015. (Credit: Raychel Brightman)
Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa was a “bulldog” — an intense, hardened combat veteran, but the Coram man had a tender side, his wife said at the airman’s funeral Saturday.

He would float around the kitchen, listening to Italian music as he cooked. He doted on his young daughter. He loved poetry. And he could dance, too.

Bonacasa, 31, a member of the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Base Defense Squadron, died Dec. 21 in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. He was on his fourth tour — four months from returning home for good.
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