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Governor Mourns Death of Marine with Maine Ties

August 17, 2009

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today learned of the death of a Marine with Maine ties.

According to the Department of Defense, Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard, 21, of New Portland died Aug. 14 while serving in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Bernard was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, according to the Defense Department.

“Lance Cpl. Bernard gave his life helping to protect a new democracy in Afghanistan. His bravery and sacrifice will be remembered,” Governor Baldacci said. “On behalf of a grateful State and nation, we send our deepest condolences to Lance Cpl. Bernard’s family and friends. They will remain in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

Governor Baldacci will order flags flown at half-staff on the day of Lance Cpl. Bernard’s funeral.

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