Mourning love of her life, war widow prepares for their baby

TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Two months after Army Sgt. James Johnston was killed, his adopted hometown in upstate New York gathered to pay tribute, and to say goodbye.

In fact, Johnston hadn’t lived here long. But he’d gone to high school here and married the sweetheart he met there. And now, he was Trumansburg’s contribution to the list of some 2,300 American war dead in Afghanistan.

Krista Johnston, a widow at 24, wore her husband’s favorite blue-and-pink Hawaiian shirt; it seemed too big even over her pregnant belly.

At the American Legion hall, she watched the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and the presentation of a flag from the U.S. Capitol. The next day, the hall was transformed for a baby shower with towering piles of gifts amid pink and blue balloons.

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