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Executive Order #40

Governor Jon S. Corzine

WHEREAS, United States Marine Corps Private First Class Donald S. Brown, of Succasunna, New Jersey, was raised in Succasunna and graduated from Roxbury High School, where he excelled in football and track; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown volunteered for enlistment in the United States Marine Corps and received basic training at the Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, attaining his long-standing goal of becoming a United States Marine; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown served with honor and distinction as a member of the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown was killed in action while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown was a courageous Marine who loved his parents, siblings, fiancée, friends, teammates, classmates and neighbors; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown was, in turn, loved by his parents, siblings, fiancée, friends, teammates, classmates and neighbors who take great pride in his commitment, heroism, and achievements; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty, while fighting on behalf of his country as a Marine Corps rifleman in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown has been awarded some of our nation's highest military commendations and honors, including the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and

WHEREAS, Pfc. Brown's patriotism and dedicated service to his country and to his fellow Marines make him a hero and a true role model for all Americans; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey, the State where he was raised and educated, to mark his passing, remember his family and fiancée as they mourn their loss, and 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:

  1. 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 Thursday, November 2, 2006, in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of United States Marine Corps Private First Class Donald S. Brown.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this day of 31st day of October, Two Thousand and Six, 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

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