LORAIN — A Lorain native and 1982 Admiral King High School graduate became one of the latest U.S. casualties in the war in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Bruce Horner, 43, grew up in Lorain and was killed while serving with the 127th Military Police Company in Iraq sometime last week, said his father, Ed Horner.
Although stationed in Germany, Bruce Horner joined the search in Iraq for three soldiers that went missing after a May 12 ambush near Baghdad.
Ed and Betty Horner, of Cleveland and formerly of Lorain, were notified of their son’s death on Friday, but they have not yet learned the exact date of his death or how it happened.
Initial reports indicate that he may have died from a sniper’s bullet, Ed Horner said, but the family is still waiting to hear specific details from the Army and doesn’t know when his body will return to the United States.
May 2007 was the deadliest month so far this year, with
128 U.S. fatalities. The deadliest month since the war began in March 2003 was November 2004, with 137 U.S. deaths.
Horner said his son genuinely cared about people and found honor in trying to help others.
“The satisfaction in doing service for others, that was the part in being a soldier that made him feel good,” Ed Horner said. “He just liked people so much.”
Bruce Horner joined the National Guard as a senior at Admiral King High School and went on to become an emergency medical technician in Lorain before joining the Army, his father said.
He was a career soldier and lived with his wife, Erin Horner, in Norfolk, Va., where the two shared a home before his deployment to Germany in the fall of 2006.
After nearly 18 years of service, he was looking forward to retiring and coming back to the U.S. to spend some quality time with his wife, Ed Horner said.
Although Bruce Horner had no kids of his own, Ed Horner said his son loved kids and was quite fond of his two nieces.
“Our grandkids just adored him,” he said. “He loved playing around with them. He was a kid himself.”
Bruce Horner is the fourth U.S. soldier from Lorain County to have been killed in the war.
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