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Girls in fatal fire to be buried at Arlington with dad

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell died in Hope Mills, along with 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia.

March 8, 2012 1:16:35 PM PST
Military officials said Thursday that two young daughters of a decorated Green Beret who died trying to rescue them from a burning house near Fort Bragg will be laid to rest with their father at Arlington National Cemetery.

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell died in Hope Mills Tuesday, along with 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia. Authorities said Cantrell leapt from the second floor of his burning home, then wrapped himself in a blanket and ran inside for his daughters. Only the girl's mother and the family dog survived.

Lt. Col. April Olsen of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command said Thursday a funeral with full military honors will be scheduled later this month.

The 36-year-old Cantrell served five tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, earning four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Four groups are taking donations to not only help the Cantrell family, but other soldiers injured in combat. Specify if you want your donation to go to the Cantrells:

United State Army Special Operations Command Soldier, Family and Command Support Association


Special Operations Warrior Foundation


Special Forces Association


Special Forces Charitable Trust


or send a check to:

Special Forces Charitable Trust PO Box 53 Essex, Connecticut 06426

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