Thursday, July 14, 2005

And a Few Afghanis, too...

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today [July 13] released the following statement regarding the death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson of Cupertino:

“Maria and I are humbled by the patriotism and heroism of Petty Officer Axelson, who gave his life to preserve our freedoms. Californians are deeply grateful for his courage and his dedication to service, and our condolences go out to his family and friends.”

Axelson, 29, died while conducting counter-terrorism operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces located the service member while conducting a combat search and rescue operation July 10. Axelson was assigned to Navy SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

In honor of Axelson, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

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