Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Two Camp Pendleton Marines
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the deaths of Capt. Nathanael Doring of Apple Valley, MN and Cpl. Richard Bennett of Girard, KS:
"Capt. Doring and Cpl. Bennett sacrificed their lives in service to America. They join the ranks of heroic and brave Marines who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Maria and I send our thoughts and prayers to Nathanael and Richard's families, friends and fellow Marines."
Doring, 31, and Bennett, 25, died May 30 of injuries sustained as a result of a non-hostile helicopter accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq. They were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA.
In honor of Capt. Doring and Cpl. Bennett, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.