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Family, friends say goodbye to fallen Checotah soldier

First woman in Oklahoma National Guard to die in combat was buried in Arkansas.
BY JERRY WOFFORD Published: November 12, 2011

Spc. Sarina Butcher was laid to rest Friday as the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier killed in combat, but she will be remembered by family and friends as much more.

Hundreds gathered in this small southwest Arkansas town on Veterans Day to honor Butcher — a fun, cheery daughter, sister and mother who died defending the country she loved.

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