Meet Folds of Honor Scholarship Recipients, the Bauguess Family





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Published on Apr 4, 2012

Major Larry Bauguess, from Moravian Falls, N.C., died at age 36 from wounds suffered due to enemy small-arms fire during efforts to settle a border dispute on May 14, 2007, in the town of Teri Mengel, Pakistan. While serving as a battalion operations officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, Larry participated in a peace meeting between U.S., Afghani and Pakistani forces in the tribal region of Pakistan.

By all accounts, the meeting was successful. The participants shook hands, posed for pictures and exchanged coins. As Bauguess and his men were leaving the meeting place, a uniformed Pakistani Frontier Guardsman opened fire at close range. Bauguess was at the point of attack and shielded others, which allowed his team time to react, ensuring there was no further U.S. loss of life. Bauguess received, among many awards and commendations, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

"He [Larry] has given his life in defense of freedom, and I remain committed to everything we stood for before his sacrifice," says Wesley, Bauguess's wife, herself a former Army officer. "Larry expects us to carry on and remain committed and that's what we're going to do."

In the years since her husband's death, Wesley has mentored dozens of Army Family Readiness Group leaders and fellow widows. In 2008, she was chosen to greet President George W. Bush during his visit to Fort Bragg. As a result of their meeting, Wesley and her family visited the White House at the request of President Bush.
Wesley and her two daughters, Ryann and Ellie, live in Fayetteville, NC. Both Ryann and Ellie are Folds of Honor Future Use scholarship recipients.


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