Soldier Who Died In Fire To Be Buried At Arlington


Salon Staff
March 8, 2012 2:36PM (UTC)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Green Beret who died trying to rescue his two young daughters from their burning home will be honored with a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell died Tuesday, along with 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia. Authorities say he leapt from the second floor of the burning house, wrapped himself in a blanket and ran back inside for his girls.

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Lt. Col. April Olsen of the Army Special Forces Command said Wednesday that Cantrell's daughters may be buried with him, though plans for the military funeral are not yet finalized.

Cantrell served a combat deployment to Iraq and five to Afghanistan, returning from the last mission in August. He earned four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.


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