Army Sgt. Karl A. Campbell, 34, of Chiefland, only had a short time left in Afghanistan before returning home on holiday leave to see his son Carl, 4, his wife and children who were at Fort Campbell, Ky.
He had already been told that when his tour in the combat zone ended he would be assigned to Special Forces training. It was an opportunity the man had trained for as a Ranger in his first Army stint that he lobbied hard to win.
On Oct. 4 his dreams and service to this country ended in Babur, Afghanistan.