COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The pregnant widow of a Columbia Marine who died in Afghanistan says he died a hero.
Crissie Carpenter buried her husband, Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter, on Monday.
The 22-year-old, who is due to give birth to son Landon March 28, told The Columbia Daily Herald she knows exactly what she will tell her son about his father: “He was a hero.”
The 27-year-old Carpenter was shot in the neck while on patrol in the Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He died five days later after doctors declared him brain dead and family members decided to take him off life support.
Crissie Carpenter said when Landon gets older he'll see what a great man his father was.
“Andy's not only mine and Landon's hero, but he's everybody's,” she said.
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*The Associated Press contributed to this report.