Early on 6 March 2012, the home of CW2 Ed and Louise Cantrell was on fire. Ed and Louise jumped from their second floor bedroom window, and Ed wrapped himself in a blanket and immediately returned into the house for Isabella and Natalia. After the blaze was extinguished, Ed was found near his daughters.
Permission was granted for CW2 Cantrell to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with his two daughters on March 19. Visitation was held on March 14 at JFK Memorial Chapel, Ft Bragg, NC. A family memorial service was held on March 15 and a unit memorial service was held on March 16. The Patriot Guard Riders stood for the Cantrells on each of those days.
As an associate member of the Dogwood Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers, I wore my Gold Star bandana in honor of CW2 Cantrell’s mother and family.
God bless the Cantrell family.
Music: “Revelation Song,” Mission Six (via YouTube Editor)
Edward D. Cantrell
Chief Warrant Officer 2
United States Army
March 6, 2012
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