SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. David J. Smith of Frederick, MD: “Sergeant David Smith was a committed Marine who fought courageously to preserve the freedom of our country. Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our sadness over his death and honoring his bravery and selflessness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family and fellow Marines during this difficult time.”
Smith, 25, died January 26 from wounds received January 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Smith was assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, CA.
In honor of Sgt. Smith, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.