Image courtesy: Pfc. David Hauk, U.S. Army. Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 12, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Purple Heart in heaven

Last week, we learned about Marine Cpl. Xhacob Latorre's brave ordeal in a Texas hospital after losing both legs in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in August.

Today, in Latorre's Connecticut hometown, the Associated Press reports that the valiant Marine is being laid to rest with full military honors.

The Hartford Courant reported that Latorre received a Purple Heart in his hospital room shortly before his death. While his Aunt said he may not have been aware of the honor due to heavy sedation, we know the Marine is proudly wearing his Purple Heart today in heaven.

Latorre leaves behind a wife and an 18-month-old boy. He was only 21, but accomplished more in those years than many of us will in a lifetime.

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