These two announcements from the Governor of California:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. Alfredo B. Silva of Calexico:
"As a devoted soldier, Sgt. Silva set an example of courage and determination that all Californians can admire. Maria and I send our prayers to Alfredo's family during their time of mourning."
Silva, 35, died September 15 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, Modesto, CA.
In honor of Silva, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Lance Cpl. Shane C. Swanberg of Kirkland, WA:
"Lance Cpl. Swanberg committed himself to protecting the United States and our ideals, and we must never forget the sacrifices made by all who serve our country.
Maria and I send our heartfelt gratitude to Shane's family and loved ones."
Swanberg, 24, died September 15 from an explosion resulting from indirect fire at Forward Operating Base, Camp Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
In honor of Swanberg, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.