A Fall River Marine who drowned while trying to rescue two comrades struggling in the waters off Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was remembered by his wife as the “ultimate hero.”

Cpl. Paul Fagundes was honored by hundreds of friends and family Tuesday at a funeral Mass at St. Anne’s church.

His wife, Cynthia, said her husband left his mark on the heart of every person in the church.

The Navy says the 29-year-old Fagundes and two other Marines died July 4 after Fagundes went back into the water to help the others.

In addition to his pregnant wife, he leaves behind a young son.

He is the third Fall River native to die in the service of their country since April. Army Sgt. Robert Barrett and Army Spc. Scott Andrews were both killed in Afghanistan.


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