When the stepdaughter of a fallen Green Beret walked across the stage for her high school graduation, the cheers from 80 soldiers of the Army 7th Special Forces Group filled the football field.
They were keeping the promise Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar had made to his stepdaughter, 17-year-old Octavia Osborne, that he’d make it to graduation.
He didn’t make it. He was killed in Afghanistan in April. So his fellow soldiers went in his place.
In February, before he deployed, the Green Beret talked with Octavia, whom he had raised since she was 3 years-old