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Fallen hero now home in Gladewater

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:20pm

Chief Warrant Officer Bradley Gaudet from Gladewater was killed earlier this month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Today, Congressman Louie Gohmert escorted Gaudet's body by plane from New York to Love Field in Dallas.

After landing a little after 3, it wasn't until nearly 8 o'clock that Gaudet's body arrived in Gladewater.

Hundreds watched as East Texas law enforcement agencies, friends, family, and the Patriot Guard Riders brought the fallen hero back to his hometown.

Today, KETK spoke with Gaudet's family.

Sunday - of course - is Father's Day.

Now Gaudet's wife Ginny and 2 month old daughter are left without a husband and a Father.

But fortunately, Gaudet was able to see the birth of his daughter in May - something his family is thankful for.

"I think it's awesome.  He always told me since the first time I met him that he wanted a family.  I wanted a family.  We couldn't ask for anything better.  She's a little angel and...he was so proud," said Ginny Gaudet.

This was Gaudet's third tour of duty.

His funeral will be Monday at 11 in Gladewater.

In the meantime, stay tuned for KETK news at 10 tomorrow night.  We will have more from our interview with Gaudet's family - as well as a parent's look at why he felt it was important to take his kids to the military procession.

That's tomorrow night at 10.  Stay with us.

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