TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Flags are flying at half-staff at state government buildings across New Jersey to honor a New Jersey Marine killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash.
Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags on Monday lowered in memory of Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III. The 31-year-old Basking Ridge resident attended Ridge High School, where he was student government president and captain of the varsity lacrosse team.
Shaw graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 and was commissioned a Marine officer.
He served two tours of duty in Iraq.
“Captain Shaw’s patriotism and dedicated service to his country and his fellow Marines makes it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory,” Christie said in a statement.
Shaw was among seven special operations Marines forces based in North Carolina killed in the training mission crash in Florida two weeks ago.
Also killed were Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn of Queens, New York, Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Camp Lejeune, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock of Lake Orion, Michigan; Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp of Port Washington, Wisconsin; Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif of Holland, Michigan; and Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol from Warren, Michigan.
Four Louisiana National Guard soldiers also died in the crash.
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