Brig Gen Thomas Tinsley, USAF (2008)

Thomas Tinsley, USAF

Honoring Brig Gen Thomas Tinsley, USAF, who died July 27, 2008. He was serving as a Wing Commander at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska when he was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was a fighter pilot and flew the F-15, F/A-18 and F-22A. His unexpected death was ruled a suicide by military officials. The circumstances surrounding his death are being questioned by others including his family. His family deserves answers and that is why he is listed under cold cases.

Air Force officer in Alaska dies in likely suicide
Air Force Officer Dead; Likely a Suicide
General’s death in July ruled a suicide
Elmendorf wing CO dies of gunshot wound
Elmendorf general dies of gunshot on base
Brig. Gen. Tinsley, 3rd Wing commander at Elmendorf, dies of gunshot wound
Ex-Raptor commander at Langley dies in Alaska
Elmendorf mourns fallen commander
F-22 Safety Concerns Linger
General’s wife: ‘Raptor Cough’ contributed to husband’s suicide
New Questions Raised in 2008 Suicide of Air Force General Who Was F-22 Pilot, Commander at Alaska Air Base
Don’t Look for Many Details on Apparent “Suicide” of Gen. Tinsley from Here on Out

Spc Seteria Brown, US Army (2008)

Honoring Spc Seteria Brown @USArmy (2008)

Honoring Spc Seteria Brown, US Army, Died July 25, 2008

Non Combat Related Incident; Afghanistan; Under Investigation

Army Spc. Seteria L. Brown
Pickens County soldier dies in Afghanistan
Army investigating shooting death of soldier
Benning Survivor Outreach Service helps slain soldiers’ families
Hiding Military Sexual Trauma

TSgt Jackie Larsen, US Air Force (2008)

TSgt Jackie Larsen, US Air Force (2008)

TSgt Jackie Larsen, 37, Paralegal, US Air Force, July 17, 2008

Non-Combat Death; Iraq; Medical; Natural Causes

Larsen died of non-combat-related medical causes, a Beale spokesman said, but the exact cause of death is not being released. ~Military Times

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen
Air Force sergeant dies in Baghdad
Beale loses Airman to natural causes in Iraq
A Tribute to Technical Sergeant Jackie L. Larsen
Honoring Technical Sergeant Jackie Larsen
100 female U.S. service members have died in Iraq

Fort Bragg Army Nurse Lt Holley Wimunc Murdered by Marine Husband the Day After She Announced Divorce, John Wimunc Sentenced to Life in Prison (2008)

Holley Wimunc

Lt Holley Wimunc, US Army

Fort Bragg Army nurse, Lt Holley Wimunc, 24, was murdered by her Marine husband John Wimunc on July 9, 2008 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After Holley didn’t show up to work, her friends went looking for her. They found her apartment had been set on fire but Holley was nowhere to be found. Three days later authorities discovered Holley’s mutilated remains in a shallow grave outside of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Her body had been chopped up with an axe and burned repeatedly in an effort to try and destroy evidence. John Wimunc also started her apartment on fire in an effort to hide evidence with no regard for any of the nineteen other families in the apartment building. Holley’s father Jesse James shared that she planned on divorcing John Wimunc after putting up with the abuse for over seven months. It would be the day after she told John that she was leaving him that she would go missing. Cpl. John Wimunc, 23, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson. An accomplice, Lance Cpl. Kyle Alden, 22, was charged with being an accessory after the fact of a felony, second-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson. John Wimunc plead guilty to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison. Kyle Alden plead guilty and was sentenced to 44 to 62 months in prison. Jesse James worked with Representative Bruce Braley on legislation that would improve conditions for both domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the military. The Holley Lynn James Act (H.R. 1517) was introduced to the 112th Congress in 2011 but did not pass.

“I didn’t know much about domestic violence. But the thought that he would murder Holley is a thought that never occurred to me. I wish it had occurred to me. I wish for one moment I would have thought maybe he’ll kill Holley or murder Holley. My reaction would have been so different. I didn’t know about domestic violence.” -Jesse James (Holley’s father)

Related Links:
Obituary: Lt Holley Lynn James
Second Missing Ft. Bragg Soldier Is Divorcing Husband
Evidence to be preserved in case of slain Army nurse
Authorities suspect charred remains could be Fort Bragg nurse
Fort Bragg nurse sought protection from Marine husband after gun incident
Apartment complex denies access to slain soldier’s family
Slain soldier’s brother retrieves belongings from apartment
Autopsy: Army nurse was shot, buried
Funeral set for Army nurse Holley Wimunc
Vigil planned for slain Army nurse
Fort Bragg hosts memorial service for slain nurse
Wimunc’s father: Daughter ‘never met a stranger’
Family, attorney: Marine charged in wife’s death is innocent
Marine’s parents: Claims of violence against wife ‘unfounded’
Husband, 2nd man arrested in slaying of Bragg-based soldier
2 Marines charged in nurse’s death due in NC court
Marine charged in wife’s death
Marine charged in death of Army nurse wife
Husband charged with murdering soldier wife
Missing Nurse’s Marine Husband Charged With Murder
Dead Army nurse’s husband charged with murder
Camp Lejeune husband charged with the murder of his Fort Bragg wife
Soldier’s Husband Charged With Murder
Marines appear in court in Army nurse’s death
Marines charged in slaying appear in court
Marines indicted in Army nurse’s slaying
Death penalty sought in Army nurse’s slaying
State to seek death penalty against Wimunc
NC to seek death penalty in killing of Army wife from Dubuque
Wimunc Faces Death Penalty
Plea deal reached in Marine murder case
Camp Lejeune Marine pleads guilty to killing wife
Second Marine pleads guilty in Army nurse’s death
‘I killed Holley,’ Marine told friend
State to seek death penalty against Wimunc
Marine Pleads Guilty in Army Wife’s Murder
Slain Army nurse’s dad in war against domestic violence
Murder of Military Women
Death on the Home Front
The Fort Bragg Murders
U.S. Military Is Keeping Secrets About Female Soldiers’ ‘Suicides’
Marine Corporal Kills Army Nurse Wife
Department of Defense: Soldier update (YouTube)
Department of Defense: Marine Charged with Murder (YouTube)
Department of Defense: Marine Murder Charges (YouTube)
Marine Charged in Army Wife’s Death (YouTube)
Dead Army Nurse’s Husband Charged With Murder (YouTube)
Rep. Braley introduces Holley Lynn James Act (YouTube)
H.R.1517 – Holley Lynn James Act (2011)
Domestic Violence: Holley Wimunc (YouTube)
Holley James we miss you (YouTube)


Rep. Bruce Braley introduces the Holley Lynn James Act — a bill to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the military get justice. The bill is named after Holley Lynn James, a constituent of Rep. Braley who was killed by her husband while both were in the service.