CASPER, Wyo. — Gigi Crayton, wife of Rylee McCollum, gave birth to Levi Rylee Rose McCollum early Monday morning at Camp Pendleton in California.
According to Facebook photos and posts by grandmother Jill Miller Crayton, Levi was born at 2:18 a.m. in an unmedicated birth and a “lighting quick delivery.”
“I am fiercely happy and proud today,” wrote Jill.
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“Welcome to the world my sweet baby I love you with my whole heart,” wrote Levi’s mother Gigi Crayton.
Marine Rylee McCollum was among 13 service members killed on August 26 in a suicide bombing at the Kabul, Afghanistan airport as they helped with evacuation efforts during the U.S. pullout of the 20-year war.
Funeral arrangements were put on hold until Rylee’s wife could give birth, according to the family.