Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of La Puente Soldier
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [Calif], today released the following statement regarding the death of Spc. Marcelino R. Corniel of La Puente:
"Spc. Corniel served his country with courage and made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. It is a debt we will never be able to repay. Maria and I will keep Marcelino's loved ones in our prayers as they mourn this brave soldier."
Corniel, 23, died Dec. 31, when an enemy mortar attack occurred in the vicinity of his post in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, Fullerton, CA.
In honor of Spc. Corniel, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.