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Newborn daughter of fallen soldier has photo shoot with father’s Army unit

Posted: 11:30 AM, Jun 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-01 11:30:11-04

PINEHURST, N.C. — The widow of a fallen soldier and their newborn daughter scheduled a special photo shoot with the men who her husband fought alongside with in Afghanistan.

Army Specialist Chris Harris was killed in Afghanistan in August 2017 when a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy. The 25-year-old soldier from North Carolina learned he would be a dad just days before his tragic death, CBS News reports .

His wife, Britt Harris, gave birth on March 17 and named her after Chris: Christian Michelle Harris. His unit gathered to celebrate the birth.

“Knowing that we could come home to a baby girl, that was awesome,” Sgt. Nathan Arthur Bagley told WTVD . “When everyone came home, that was the day she was born so that made it ten times better.”

“When she was born, it was like I was looking at my own son,” said Sue Kolean, Chris’ mother.

But in one stunning photo , the men from Chris’ unit formed a circle with their palms as Christian lay looking up at the camera. The photo has gone viral with thousands of shares.

In the photo, Christian is wearing a special onesie that appropriately says: “My daddy, my hero.”

The photo was captioned with the quote: “Sometimes all we need to soothe our soul and ease our burdens is the loving hand of a friend gently touching our heart and lifting us towards love.”