Airman Predicts His Own Death in a Most Heartbreaking Way

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Staff Sgt. Banacaraso and his family
Staff Sgt. Bonacaso and his family

Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, a Suffolk County, Long Island, native, was one of the six servicemen killed in a suicide attack on a patrol near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan last week in a Taliban suicide attack.

Bonacasa, a lifelong resident of Coram, New Yor, leaves behind a wife and a young daughter. He married his wife Deborah at age 20 after meeting her on the airbase.

Airman and daughter Lilianna

He had a poem tattooed on his chest to his daughter Lilly who he was coming home to for good in April, the month he expected to retire.

The poem spoke of his love for her and that he would always be by her side even if he couldn’t be there.

I’ll be there for you any way I can

Your pretty smile will melt my heart

And your sad cries will always tear me apart

Daddy will be there to wipe away your tears

And there to protect you from all your fears

The end was the most heartbreaking in which he seems to foretell his own death.

When daddy is gone baby please don’t cry

Because for your freedom my baby girl

Daddy will die

Bonacasa was serving his fourth military tour, this time in Afghanistan. He had previously served in Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, CBS New York reported.

CBS New York interviewed Bonacasa’s brother, Vinny, who remained stoic in the face of his tremendous loss.

“This was supposed to be his last tour. He was just going to come home, buy a house, and raise a family. The way that. The way that it should have been,” Vinny Bonacasa said.

 

The entire poem by Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, printed in Newsday, can be read here:

Daddys little girl, The most precious person in my life

I cant wait until that first night

holding you in my hands

now its time to be a man

from your first breath to my last

I’ll be there for you any way I can

Your pretty smile will melt my heart

And your sad cries will always tear me apart

Daddy will be there to wipe away your tears

And there to protect you from all your fears

Your sweet little laugh will be music to my ears

A beautiful gift from god to watch you grow through the years

There will be times when daddy is not around

He will be somewhere with his boots on the ground

There so at home everyone is safe and sound

When daddy is gone baby please don’t cry

Because for your freedom my baby girl

Daddy will die

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