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Brandon Garabrant

Peterborough, New Hampshire

June 20, 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
19 Marine L/Cpl

2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 Killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan..

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From Fox News foxnews.com 06/21/14:

Brandon Garabrant, Marine who tried to wear uniform to HS graduation, killed in action
Published June 21, 2014
A Marine whose request to wear his uniform at his high school graduation last year was refused by school officials has been killed in Afghanistan, according to published reports.

Brandon Garabrant, 19, was one of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb this week, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

Garabrant gained fame last year when he asked to wear his dress blues to his graduation from ConVal Regional High School. But the school's principal, citing regulation, told him he had to wear the traditional cap and gown.

His family was notified of his death on Friday, WMUR.com reported.

On Friday, ConVal Regional High School principal Brian Pickering said the school community was "shocked and deeply saddened" to hear of his passing.

"We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country,” he said.

Members of the Temple Volunteer Fire Department, where Garabrant was a member, gathered Friday to lower the flag outside the station to half-staff and say a prayer, WMUR.com reported.

“He absolutely loved doing what he was doing,” said Temple Volunteer Fire Department Chief George Clark told the outlet. “He knew the sacrifice and he was still willing to do it and it was a total shock to hear the news.”

Petersborough Police Chief Scott Guinard told WMUR.com that Garabrant was a close friend with his son, who was a similar age and also interested in becoming a Marine.

"The three best words to describe him: A young gentleman," Guinard said. "He was a young gentleman who I am extremely proud of and who will be sorely missed by all."

"The entire State of New Hampshire is devastated by the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who was bravely serving his nation in Afghanistan," New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement on her Facebook page. “As a volunteer firefighter and dedicated Marine, Lance Corporal Garabrant was committed to serving his fellow citizens, and he was tragically taken from us far too soon. It is our responsibility as Granite Staters and Americans to come together to support his family and his community."

From WMUR TV 9 ABC wmur.com 06/22/14:

Marine from NH killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan
Brandon Garabrant was a 2013 graduate of ConVal High School
UPDATED 12:31 AM EDT Jun 22, 2014

TEMPLE, N.H. —A Marine from New Hampshire was killed Friday morning in Afghanistan.
Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, a 2013 graduate of ConVal High School, was killed in the southern part of the country by a roadside bomb, according to The Associated Press. Two other American troops and a military dog were also killed. They were assigned to a NATO security force. 

Before becoming a Marine, Garabrant was a volunteer member of the Temple Fire Department, a police Explorer with the Peterborough Police Department and worked at Touchstone Farm in Temple.

On Friday evening, members of the Temple Volunteer Fire Department gathered to remember Garabrant. They lowered the flag outside the station to half-staff and said a prayer. 

“He absolutely loved doing what he was doing,” said Temple Volunteer Fire Department Chief George Clark. “He knew the sacrifice and he was still willing to do it and it was a total shock to hear the news.”

Clark had a special bond with Garabrant. He also served in the Marines, and said Garabrant had a drive to serve his country and his community.

“Whenever he came home on leave, the first thing he did, contacting me, ‘Chief, I need a pager so I can help you out,’” Clark said.

“I was looking forward to the day he’d be back fulltime,” said Temple Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Matt Bruneau. “Unfortunately, he made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and the privileges that we have.”

In Peterborough, Police Chief Scott Guinard said Garabrant and his son frequently talked about the Marine Corps. They were similar ages and both interested in becoming a Marine. 

"The three best words to describe him: A young gentleman," Guinard said. "He was a young gentleman who I am extremely proud of and who will be sorely missed by all."

ConVal principal Brian Pickering said the entire school community was shocked and saddened by his death.

"On behalf of the entire ConVal community I extend my deepest sympathy to Brandon's family and friends," Pickering said. "We are all shocked and deeply saddened by his passing and we are incredibly grateful for his service to our country.”

The Marines notified Garabrant's family Friday.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan said the state was devastated by Garabrant's death. 

“As a volunteer firefighter and dedicated Marine, Lance Corporal Garabrant was committed to serving his fellow citizens, and he was tragically taken from us far too soon," she said. "It is our responsibility as Granite Staters and Americans to come together to support his family and his community."

Members of the congressional delegation also said the state would honor Garabrant. 

"Our hearts are broken by the loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a true American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country that he loved," Sen. Kelly Ayotte said. 

"Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant was a hero in every sense of the word. He valiantly served our country and epitomized the bravery and sacrifice of every member of our armed forces for which we will be forever grateful," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said.

From The News Observer newsobserver.com 06/23/14
3 Camp Lejeune Marines killed in Afghanistan
BY MARTHA QUILLIN
June 23, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE — Three Marines based at Camp Lejeune were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, making June the worst month so far this year for U.S. troops still fighting in the country.

Reports indicate that a roadside bomb killed the Marines and a working dog Friday in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. The Department of Defense identified the men as Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va.; Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H.; and Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All three were members of the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune and had been in Afghanistan since this spring.

Their deaths brought the total number of coalition troops killed in Afghanistan in June to 11. Nine of those were Americans. Five were killed in a suspected friendly-fire incident in Zabul province on June 5 when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed a security operation.

So far this year, at least 31 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, and at least 2,332 have died there since 2001.

The U.S. now has about 32,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from 100,000 at the peak of the war. President Barack Obama announced in late May that by the end of this year, the U.S. would end its combat mission there and remove all but 9,800 troops. Those troops would remain only to support Afghan forces’ efforts to maintain security, and to support counter-terrorism operations.

By 2016, nearly all those troops also would be removed, Obama said.

The N.C. National Guard announced Monday that about 100 members of its 145th Airlift Wing, based in Charlotte, will begin deploying to Afghanistan on Wednesday. They will be gone for about four months.

The 145th is equipped with C-130 Hercules, the prime transport for air-dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.

The Defense Department did not give details of Friday’s attack. The Taliban is engaged in a summer offensive ahead of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops.

A statement from Camp Lejeune said Stewart was a platoon sergeant who joined the Marine Corps in June 2004. He had deployed to Iraq three times between 2004 and 2007, and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among others.

Garabrant was a combat engineer who joined the Marine Corps in March 2013. He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2014. His awards include the National Defense Service medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Wolff was a combat engineer who joined the Marine Corps in December 2012. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
From The Charlotte Observer charlotteobserver.com 06/23/14
3 Marines based at Lejeune killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press
Posted: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. Three Marines based at Camp Lejeune died last week while fighting in Afghanistan, officials with the Department of Defense said Monday.

The military identified the three men as Staff Sgt. David Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Virginia; Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, New Hampshire; and Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

All three were killed Friday in what the military described as a "hostile incident" in Helmand province. They were all assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion (Forward) in the 2nd Marine Division.

Stewart joined the Marine Corps in June 2004 and was promoted to staff sergeant Nov. 11, 2010. He deployed to Iraq from September 2004 to March 2005, from March to October of 2006 and from September 2007 to April 2008. He also deployed to Afghanistan from October 2012 to April 2013 and most recently in April of this year.

Garabrant was a combat engineer who joined the Marine Corps in March 2013 and was promoted to lance corporal Dec. 1, 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan in March.

Wolff also was a combat engineer who joined the Marine Corps in December 2012 and was promoted to lance corporal Feb. 1, then deployed to Afghanistan in March.

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