WHEREAS, U.S. Marine Corporal Thomas E. Saba, of Toms River, New Jersey, was born and raised in Staten Island and graduated from Susan E. Wagner High School;
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba's parents now live in Toms River, where Corporal Saba lived prior to volunteering for military service; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as a result of his commitment to this country; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba served proudly in Okinawa, Japan with the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, The Flying Tigers, a storied Marine helicopter squadron, with a distinguished history of combat and carrier operations; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba volunteered to extend his tour of duty after learning that The Flying Tigers squadron was being sent to Iraq, so he would be able to serve in Iraq with his unit and with his fellow Marines; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba was killed in action as a result of injuries suffered while conducting a casualty evacuation mission northwest of Bagdad, Iraq for which he had volunteered; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba was a committed and professional Marine and a loving son, brother, and uncle, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family and his fellow Marines; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Saba's patriotism and dedicated service to his country and his fellow Marines make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him and his family, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Friday, February 16, 2007, in recognition and mourning of U.S. Marine Corporal Thomas E. Saba of Toms River, New Jersey.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 14th day
Two Thousand and Seven, and
of the Independence of the United States, the
Two Hundred and Thirty-First.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman
Chief Counsel to the Governor