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Decorated Fort Bragg Soldier Dies in Pakistan

Posted May 15, 2007

— A Fort Bragg officer and North Carolina native died Monday in Pakistan following a battle.

Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Jr., 36, of Moravian Falls, died in Teri Mengel, Pakistan, of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire, Department of Defense officials announced.

He was the operations officer of the 4th Brigade Combat Team’s Special Troops Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Bauguess graduated from Appalachian State University in 1993 and received his commission in July 1993, DOD officials said. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, among other awards.

Bauguess is survived by his wife, Wesley, and two daughters, Ryann and Ellie; and his parents, Larry and Martha Bauguess.

“Larry’s untimely death has left a void in our family that will never be filled, nor should we expect it to be,” Wesley Bauquess said in a statement Tuesday evening. “We are left with many joyous and happy memories, and we are left with a lot of sadness of unfulfilled dreams. “


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  • Mahamby3 May 16, 2007

    I grew up with Larry. We graduated the same high school and are members of the same church. He will be missed greatly by those of us that he touched. I would like for John, Martha, Laura, Terry, Wesley and the girls, know that they are in my prayers constantly. God be with you during this difficult time. Lots of Love, Michelle Hamby

  • cobrasdenn May 16, 2007

    Only the good die young!

  • grenlyn1 May 16, 2007

    Please refrain from using this forum to air your political differences.
    I send my condolences to the family of Maj. Larry J. Bauguess, Jr. God Bless you and your family. He will never be forgotten.

  • bugle May 16, 2007

    Our prayers go out to this American hero's family. And Cam7002, you should leave the vitriol for a more appropriate place; not where a grieving family has to read it. Whether you realize it or not, Major Bauguess was defending the very freedom that allows you to post such a comment.

  • chemtechii May 16, 2007

    No, cam7002 -at- humboldt, you aren't alone. I agree completely.

  • shelliej23 May 16, 2007

    I didn't know Larry personally but was a roommate of his cousin Lori in college and only met him once or twice. They certainly have suffered a great loss. My prayers go out to all of them as they go through this tough time.

  • cam7002 May 16, 2007

    Every theft of life is worse than tragedy. I must be alone on this site, however, in believing that, while the Major's good intentions should be acknowledged, this GWAT has been a scandal from its inception. At what point do we say "NO MORE! NOT ONE MORE LIFE!" fl2nc2ca2md2nc, "hot on the heels of Osama bin Laden"? How naive! If you are still buying into such rhetoric, I pity you. How many more must die, how many more veterans will come back wounded and then be denied the benefits to which they are entitled, how much more national treasure will be squandered before some people wake up? For each and every one of you who see this as a life laid down to defend this country and its people from some clear and present danger, I encourage you to walk the walk instead of simply talking the talk. Either go to a recruiter's office and join up for the military, or head over to KBR and sign up for a trucking or other job helping your cause in either Afghanistan or Iraq.

  • 2alegal May 16, 2007

    Prayers for his family and a heart felt thanks for serving our country. Rest my friend.

  • ma2 May 16, 2007

    I would just like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of this fine young man and the service he gave for his country. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • papa dawg May 16, 2007

    Rest In Peace Brave Soul