Buddy and Carol Muncy have plenty of stories to tell about their son Kurt.
While most brought smiles to their faces, some brought tears and the reminder he is no longer with them.
They just wish there could be more than just stories and photos to remind them of their youngest son.
One year ago, on July 2, 2013, Kurt Muncy, a former Preble County law enforcement officer, was killed in a suicide bombing while working as a private contractor training Afghani officers.
A year later, his parents Buddy and Carol Muncy are still grieving and wanting to keep his memory alive in the community.
“I guess I just don’t want people to forget him,” Carol Muncy said.
It’s a harsh reminder the United States is at war.
Kurt Muncy took a voluntary leave from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office when the county was going through financial troubles, so his friend, who had kids, could keep his job, according to Buddy.
“They killed him in Kabul. He died for nothing,” Carol said.
Kurt had recently been home to celebrate his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, which he helped plan with his brother Jeff, just days before the bombing.
The day Kurt returned to Kabul, he was one of a dozen people killed.
“I didn’t want him to go,” Carol said.
His building was just inside the gate and he was in bed asleep when a suicide truck bomber followed by heavily-armed men reportedly stormed a NATO supplier’s compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, prompting a gun battle that left a dozen people dead.
According to Buddy, Kurt’s building was struck by the vehicle and he died of blunt force trauma.
“We were afraid we wouldn’t be able to bring him home and have an open casket, but we were able to,” Buddy said.
“We were so thankful that we were able to bring him home,” Carol said. “If he’d been left over there in that God forsaken place, I would have lost my mind.”
Kurt Muncy, 42, was working as an international police advisor with the Civilian Police (CIVPOL), developing the Afghani police force.
“He got to be friends with several of them,” Buddy said.
When his body was escorted back to Preble County, hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Eaton to pay their respects.
“Seeing all those people made me think about how well-loved he was. They were standing along side the roads. Little kids saluting,” Buddy said. “The Eaton community, we were just overwhelmed. We had so many people visiting our homes, so many cards. It wasn’t just that week. People were still bringing stuff a month later.”
Kurt Muncy worked with the Eaton Police Division from the mid-1990s through the early 2000s before he moved to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, according to Eaton Police Chief Chad DePew.
His LinkedIn profile listed him as working as an International Police Adviser since 2009.
“Kurt loved his job,” Buddy said. “He got to do a good bit of traveling.”
Kurt was a 1989 graduate of Eaton High School and attended the Police Academy. In addition to working for the EPD and PCSO, he was a former police officer with the West Alexandria Police Department before becoming a contractor for DynCorp International in Falls Church, Virginia and was serving in Kabul with the Afghan National Police Development Team at the time of his death.
“I miss him so much,” Carol said as she looked down at one of several photos. “The second (of July) makes a year, and it’s hard to think about it. It seems like forever.”