Air Force Pilot's Body Returned to Family 10 Years After Death in Iraq
Air Force pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for his country 10 years ago, and finally his family has some much-needed closure.
Maj. Gilbert died in an F-16 crash in Iraq on Nov. 26, 2006, after he had saved more than 20 special operators during a combat mission, but al-Qaeda insurgents took his body before U.S. forces could recover it from the crash site.
His body has since been recovered and will be laid to rest this weekend at Arlington National Cemetery.
His widow, Ginger Gilbert Ravella, joined "Fox & Friends" Friday morning to discuss what the return of her husband means to her and the couple's five children.
The family has already held two funerals for Maj. Gilbert: one after traces of DNA were found at the crash site in 2006 and seven years later when small remains of his toes were recovered.
"We buried the top of his head and the tip of his toes, and God had everything in between. ... We waited and prayed, and now 10 years after his crash, ultimately a hero is returning home," Gilbert Ravella said.
Also joining the program was Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service.
The organization sent all five of Maj. Gilbert's children to a private Christian school in San Antonio.
"I can't think of any better way to honor his sacrifice," Maj. Rooney said.
The Gilbert family was featured May 30 on "Fox & Friends" when Folds of Honor was able to find Maj. Gilbert's truck that he sold before leaving for Iraq and returned it to his family.