One of the soldiers killed in the Black Hawk helicopter collision Wednesday near Kentucky’s Fort Campbell had been expecting his first child with his wife, according to his father.
Thirteen-year Army veteran Caleb Gore was reportedly one of the nine U.S. soldiers killed when two Black Hawk helicopters collided over a partially wooded field during a training exercise near Fort Campbell on March 29. While the military did not disclose the names of those who had been onboard when the fatal accident occurred, a pastor in North Carolina said his son was one of the victims.
“My precious son Caleb was killed in a tragic helicopter accident last night. He was the light of my world and I have no words to express my grief right now. My words are my tears right now,” Pastor Tim Gore posted on Facebook. “Please pray for us all.”
“Really a hero.”
That’s how Tim Gore is remembering his son Caleb, one of 9 US soldiers killed when two Blackhawk helicopters crashed over Kentucky last night.
Gore says Caleb and his wife found out they were having a baby boy hours before his death.@WRAL pic.twitter.com/ckMqmcujx2
— Keenan Willard (@KeenanWRAL) March 31, 2023
Gore said he “screamed” when he heard the news about his son, telling WRAL News, “It’s a moment I would wish on no one.” (RELATED: Two Black Hawk Helicopters Crashed During Training Accident, Utah National Guard Confirms)
Gore said Caleb had been expecting his first child with his wife, Haileigh, who is a little over three months pregnant at the time of writing, according to WRAL. “They just found out yesterday it was a boy. She was my son’s childhood love, so the grief of the moment stretches pretty deep right now,” Gore told the outlet Thursday.