by Lorraine Gabina – EM TV World News, Port Moresby
A ceremony was held for one of the troops killed in an attack in Afghanistan last week. Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD who also volunteered in the U.S. Air National Guard, and five other Americans were killed in Afghanistan near Bagram air base on December 21 when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck their patrol. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year.
New York Police Detective, Joseph Lemm’s body was returned to the United States on Monday December 28th, 2015. Lemm was on his third deployment to war zones when he was killed, having been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Lemm was killed, along with 5 other Americans; including first openly-gay servicewoman killed in action, Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen. Also killed in the attack, Sergeant Louis Bonacasa, who was serving with Lemm and three others, were all U.S. Air Force staff sergeants who served with Vorderbruggen in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.