Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant
Died June 20, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
19, of Peterborough, N.H., died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Three Lejeune Marines killed in Afghanistan
Three North Carolina-based Marines were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, the Defense Department announced.
Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant and Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff died “as a result of a hostile incident while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan,” according to a Marine Corps news release.
Stewart, 34, was a platoon sergeant from Stafford, Virginia, who joined the Marine Corps in June 2004. This was Stewart’s second deployment to Afghanistan; he also deployed to Iraq three times.
Garabrant, 19, was a combat engineer from Peterborough, New Hampshire, who joined the Marine Corps in March 2013. This was Garabrant’s first deployment.
Wolff, 25, was also a combat engineer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who joined the Marine Corps in December 2012. This was Wolff’s first deployment.
The three Marines were assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion (Forward), based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Garabrant and Wolff deployed to Afghanistan in March. Stewart deployed in April.
Marine from New Hampshire killed in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — Federal and state officials say a Marine from New Hampshire has been killed in Afghanistan.
Gov. Maggie Hassan says Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant was dedicated to service to his country and his death was a tragedy. She offered her condolences to his family, as did U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte.
The governor told the New Hampshire Union Leader that Garabrant was a volunteer firefighter in Temple and graduated from ConVal High School. Media reports say Garabrant was killed Friday.
Last year, Garabrant wanted to wear his Marine uniform to his high school graduation but school officials said policy bans uniforms and requires graduates to wear blue caps and gowns. Garabrant said that out of respect to the Marines and his high school, he wouldn’t wear the military uniform.