California Governor and First Lady Honor Fallen Service Members

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown on Monday honored 11 service members who bravely gave their lives in service to our state and nation, and extended deep condolences to their families, friends and communities.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol. Families will receive letters of condolence from the Governor and First Lady.

Pfc. Arturo E. Rodriguez, 19, of Bellflower, CA died March 12 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. Pfc. Rodriguez was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Eric S. Trueblood, 27, of Alameda, CA died March 10 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, Spinelli Barracks, Mannheim, Germany. Staff Sgt. Trueblood was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Mark C. Wells, 31, of San Jose, CA died March 5 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Schofield Barracks, HI. Staff Sgt. Wells was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Jordan R. Stanton, 20, of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA died March 4 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC. Cpl. Stanton was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Jason M. Weaver, 22, of Anaheim, CA died March 3 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Spc. Weaver was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Rudolph R. Hizon 22, of Los Angeles, CA died February 28, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, LA. Spc. Hizon was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Jason G. Amores, 29, of Lehigh Acres, FL. died January 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. Sgt. Amores was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Petty Officer Dominique Cruz, 26, of Panama City, FL. was found during search and rescue operations January 19 in the Gulf of Oman after being reported missing January 18. Cruz was assigned as an Operations Specialist to the USS Halsey, homeported in San Diego, CA. Petty Officer Cruz was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Martin J. Lamar, 43, of Sacramento, CA died January 15 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an Iraqi soldier from the unit with which they were training shot him with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Spc. Lamar was supporting Operation New Dawn.

Spc. Jose A. Torre, Jr., 21, of Garden Grove, CA died January 15 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS. Spc. Torre was supporting Operation New Dawn.

Maj. Evan J. Mooldyk, 47, of Ranch Murieto, CA died January 12 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 19th Sustainment Command, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Belle Chasse, LA. Maj. Mooldyk was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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