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POSTED: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 5:49pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:28pm

The community of Gladewater is mourning the loss of 31-year-old Bradley Gaudet, who was killed in a helicopter crash serving in Afghanistan. on June 5th.

We're told Gaudet's body was flown to New York where his wife lives. 

Now,  Southwest Airlines is paying to bring Gaudet's body from New York back here to Texas with no cost to the family or funeral home.

Gaudet left behind his parents, wife, a ten-year-old daughter, and a one month old baby that he helped deliver just a month ago.

One family friend tells us, "The Army was everything to him...of course his family was everything to him. He was a wonderful person, a wonderful friend, and a wonderful daddy."

Congressman Louie Gohmert will be escorting Gaudet's body to Dallas.  Gaudet's body will arrive at Love Field Airport this Saturday (June 16th) at 3:20 p.m.

East Texans are asked to line the road from Highway 80 to Gladewater in honor of Gaudet and his family.

Visitation will be Sunday evening, June 19th at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater, TX.

 Funeral services is at 11:00 a.m. Money, June 20th, first Baptist Church, Gladewater, TX.

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