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Governor Mourns Death of Soldier with Maine Ties

October 7, 2009


AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today had information regarding the death of a soldier with Maine ties confirmed by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk, 30, died Oct. 3 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked the outpost where he was stationed. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Sgt. Kirk’s hometown was listed by the military as South Portland, and according to published reports he was born in Thomaston, Maine. Members of his family still live in Maine.

“Our prayers go out to Sgt. Kirk’s family,” Governor Baldacci said. “His death is a terrible tragedy, and we will honor his memory and his sacrifice.”

Governor Baldacci will order flags flown at half-staff on the day of Sgt. Kirk’s funeral.

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