Chief Warrant Officer II Edward Duane Cantrell was a decorated member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday after unsuccessfully trying to rescue his daughters from their burning North Carolina home.
According to the soldier’s wife, Louise, the fire broke out just before 2 a.m. on March 5 in their home in Hope Mills, a suburb of Fayetteville. While Louise jumped from the second-story window and ran next door to call for help, the Green Beret went to get 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia but never made it out. Officials say that the century-old home had tinderbox conditions that led to “a very intense fire”.
According to the Army Special Operations Command, Cantrell had four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was honored with a military funeral at the cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, where his two daughters will lie beside him.