Wife of Marine killed in Afghanistan mourns 'the love of my life'
The wife of a Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan says she will never regret his four combat deployments during their seven-year marriage.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Fankhauser, 30, an explosive ordnance disposal technican, was killed Sunday by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Helmand province. He was part of the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
On Friday, Heather Fankhauser issued a statement mourning the loss of “the love of my life" but yet celebrating her husband's devotion to duty:
“During the past seven years, we’ve endured four combat deployments. As hard as they were and as unbearable as this is now, we would not have changed any of it. He loved his country and he did what he did so that fellow service members could safely return to their families.”
The family dogs are waiting for Fankhauser’s return, his wife said.
“I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain to our dogs that they can stop pacing the door, waiting for Joseph to return again. They jump every time they hear his car alarm. I miss him every day and he will never be forgotten.”
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: The remains of Staff Sgt. Joseph Fankhauser return to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Credit: U.S. Air Force