ArkLaTex family remembers their fallen soldier

Published: May. 31, 2021 at 1:07 PM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 8:12 PM CDT
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GREENWOOD, La. (KSLA) — For the Huse family, Memorial Day does not involve barbecues and shopping.

Instead, they remember Greenwood’s Dakota Huse, who was a son, a brother, a friend and much more.

“I miss him. I miss his smile. I miss the sound of his laugh, but he’s always with us,” his mother, Donna Huse, said between sobs.

Dakota’s family said his smile was omnipresent and his spirit never dimmed.

“Every picture you see, he smiles,” Donna said, pointing out photographs of him as a kid.

She and her daughter Sabrina chuckled, “Marines say Marines don’t smile, but Dakota couldn’t help but smile.”

Lance Cpl. Dakota Huse was on tour for just eight weeks as a Marine before he was killed in 2010 by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

“Dakota was 19, not even old enough to buy a beer, but he was old enough to die for his country,” his mother said.

That’s why she said she continues to tell his story and reflect on the memories made while he was alive.

“When you talk about a loved one that’s not here, you remember them. It matters.”

According to our previous reporting, Huse went to Huntington High School. Since his death, the road he grew up on has been renamed after him and a plaque has been placed in the community park in Greenwood in his honor.

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