It's like somebody stepping on your heart.
— Maj. T.V. Johnson, Marine spokesman
Morgan's wife, Teresa, was pregnant with their second child when he was killed. "When I think of Dwight, he was a Marine you could look up to," said Cpl. Jesse D. Phipps. "He was always squared-away.... An empty space in my heart will be hard to fill. I wasn't ready to say goodbye."
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