Casket of fallen Lufkin native escorted by Congressman Louie Gohmert

Washington, DC – On Sunday, June 5th, the state of Texas and our nation lost a true hero. Chief Warrant Officer Bradley J. Gaudet was killed in Afghanistan after his helicopter crashed near Kabul.

"Brad was the best and brightest of what the First Congressional District of Texas has to offer. Raised in Lufkin, Texas and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University, he was truly a son of East Texas. We grieve the loss of our warrior brother. We honor Brad for his courage, his sacrifice and his selfless commitment to duty, honor and country.  He gave his all in service - for the sake of safety, freedom and liberty. This American warrior is home. He has met his Master. His duty is done. He is at peace," said Rep. Gohmert.

The military transported the body of Chief Warrant Officer Brad Gaudet from Afghanistan to his duty station in New York State. Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances in protocol of Army logistics, the military was unable to transport his casket from there to Texas. In order to avoid further difficulties in the military transfer, Congressman Gohmert will travel with the honor guard bringing Chief Gaudet home from New York to East Texas this Saturday, June 18th, on the commercial segments of the flight.

Southwest Airlines has graciously offered to fly Gaudet's remains home to Dallas without charge.  The Patriot Guard Riders will escort the procession from Love Field to Gladewater. Rep. Louie Gohmert, Gladewater Mayor Walter Derrick, Fire Chief Wayne Smith and Police Chief Farrell Alexander will all take part in the procession from Dallas Love Field to Gladewater.

The Gladewater Chief of Police and Croley Funeral Home will be holding a joint press conference tomorrow regarding funeral arrangements.

For more information please call the Croley Funeral Home at: 903-845-2155

The procession will be traveling down Hwy 80 from Terrell to Gladewater. The citizens of those communities who wish to honor Bradley and his family are asked to line the road with flags.

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th

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