Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Hemet Marine
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Cpl. Michael Estrella of Hemet, CA:
"With respect and gratitude, Maria and I express our sympathies to the family and friends of Cpl. Estrella. As a Marine, Michael courageously fulfilled his duty to service and responsibility. We owe a debt of gratitude to Michael, his family and all other service personnel for the sacrifices they make to ensure our freedom."
Estrella, 20, died June 14 of injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
In honor of Cpl. Estrella, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.