Wife: My husband gave his life for our nation
RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY (WRCB) - Cheryl Koehler says the hardest days of her life are ahead, days without her husband of two years, Sergeant Edward Koehler.
The Pennsylvania native was killed, along with two other soldiers in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
Cheryl says the Army chaplain came to her home Monday and she knew that meant one thing.
"My husband gave his life for our nation," says Koehler.
Thursday, friends stopped by their house to offer a little comfort on the same sofa in the same home she shared with her husband.
He served in the Marines for six years, but joined the National Guard after becoming a truck driver.
Those who knew him, say in this time of mourning, Cheryl needs every little bit of support.
"At the very least, the very least I could do is come here to support this family," Stephanie Straka says.
"Sometimes you need someone who will let you scream, someone that will sit there and just let you scream," Katrina Eckhart says.
Screaming was just one way Cheryl expressed emotion since receiving the news of her husband's death.
She says the feeling never sank in, until the dreadful day she was presented with the container carrying his body; something she never thought would occur.
"Never once did I have the thought in my head that he would come home in that box," she says. "It is unacceptable. No family should ever have go through this."
Sergeant Koehler was entering his 20th year of service in January and was set to retire.
He is survived by his wife and three children.
His funeral will be held in Ringgold.
A Facebook page dedicated to his memory has been created.