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Father of fallen soldier: My daughter had no regrets

Third Combat Aviation Brigade Capt. Sara Knutson-Cullens and four other 3rd Infantry Division soldiers died last month in a Black Hawk Helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Third Combat Aviation Brigade Capt. Sara Knutson-Cullens and four other 3rd Infantry Division soldiers died last month in a Black Hawk Helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
SUN CITY, SC (WTOC) -

Bill Knutson was home alone on March 11 when two uniformed men knocked on the door of his Sun City home.

"The doorbell rang, and just all those horrible scenes you see in the movies where that happens. I went to the door and the dog was barking. I flicked on the light and looked out the window. I saw two soldiers in their dress uniforms and I just knew right then and there," he said.

He knew his precious daughter was gone. His youngest child, the one who shocked her parents when she told them she wanted to join the army.

Third Combat Aviation Brigade Capt. Sara Knutson-Cullens and four other 3rd Infantry Division soldiers died last month in a Black Hawk Helicopter crash in Afghanistan. She was the only woman on board.

Knutson's heart broke into a million pieces. "I felt sorrow, just a gut wrenching pain," he said.

He still had to break the news to his wife, who was out of town.

"It was the hardest thing I ever had to do," said Knutson.

Knutson said that he sat on his living room couch with his phone, not knowing what to say, or how to say it.

"How do I tell the mother of our daughter that she's dead?" he said. "How do I do that?"

Knutson said he broke down the moment he tried to say the words.

"I couldn't get the words out, and she knew right away," he said.

But, Knutson and his wife are able to look on the bright side. He said his daughter loved her job, and she found love on the job. He said the army gave her a purpose - protecting her country.

"She has no regrets about her career choices, and what she was doing. She did what she loved," said Knutson.

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