Christie Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff To Honor NJ Marine Killed In Afghanistan

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork)Flags will fly at half-staff in New Jersey today to honor a fallen Marine from Bergen County.

Gov. Chris Christie ordered the remembrance for Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca of North Arlington. The 20-year-old was killed by a sniper in Afghanistan on Feb. 10.

Dozens lined the street to pay tribute to Montes De Oca at his funeral on Monday.

He has two brothers who are also Marines. Both were given the option to leave the battlefield, but have chosen to return to combat.

“It just says a lot about a Marine’s character,” said fellow Marine Gunnery Sgt. Harold McLean. “You mourn your loss, but at the end of the day, you want to carry on your mission.”

Montes De Oca enlisted shortly after graduating high school in 2010.


One Comment

  1. RoyBoySays says:

    I gues he thinks by doing the right thing(after the fact),that no one will remember his stupidity,when he lowered the flag for a junkie entertainer. Not me, I’ll remember all the way to the voting boot……….

    1. DaEmph says:

      I don’t see the big deal…Elvis was a drug abuser and white people build shrines honoring him and imitate his till this very day, and white folks are flipping out about lowering the flag….you folks kills me, yes she is no war hero, but if that’s the case why have a moment of silence or lower the flag for those killed in 9/11..they where not war heroes either, just a bad situation.
      And white LOVE to remember her as a “junkie” but the women as touched millions of lives and has helped a lot of people, something the “media” doesn’t tell you. So wake up whites folks, Whitney has done more for people that most entertainers have, you just don’t hear about, just like everything else blacks accomplish, you just don’t hear about it, only the negative things.

  2. patriot_whitney says:

    It’s one thing to criticize civilians who don’t support a bogus mission; but it’s not even rational to criticize a flag-tribute to any American, whether a combat-soldier or one who was an entrepreneur not dependent on any kind of entitlement.
    RIP to the Marine, his friends, family and pets.

    Wall Street is at the bottom of all this demagoguery in the name of profit and power.
    I hope everyone is as patriotic when “they come to scapegoat you or worse”.

  3. LI Teacher says:

    He better after lowering it for an entertainer. This Marine deserves the respect.

  4. Jesse Jackson Ice Hockey Academy says:

    Actually more front pedaling. Christie doing this for the poor Marine RIP (in addition to crackhead Whitney WHOuston) to attain some black votes… Please don’t be so naive. EVERYTHING politicians do is to benefit themselves first and foremost.

    This concludes today’s lesson. Tomorrow will be distinguishing between basketballs and hockey pucks as well as learning how to use a hockey stick as not a weapon capable of severe assault and property damage…….but for it’s intended use with the aforementioned pucks.

  5. Cate says:

    Back pedaling from the Whitney flag lowering fallout I think? This should have been done for every NJ soldier KIA on their final trip home.

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      Totally agreed Cate……………….

Comments are closed.

More From CBS New York

Get Our Morning Briefs

Watch & Listen LIVE