Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, of New Hampshire was one of three military personnel killed by a roadside explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. He died on June 20.
“The entire State of New Hampshire is devastated by the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who was bravely serving his nation in Afghanistan,” Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “Our service men and women courageously sacrifice every day to protect their fellow citizens and defend the enduring value of freedom that is our very core, and in doing so, Lance Corporal Garabrant made the ultimate sacrifice.” Besides serving his country in the Marine Corps, Garabant was a volunteer firefighter in Temple NH.
Marine Garabrant graduated from ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough in 2013. When he requested to wear his USMC uniform during graduation, the school refused permission.
The school released a statement concerning Garabrant’s death. “On behalf of the entire ConVal community I extend my deepest sympathy to Brandon’s family and friends,” Principal Brian Pickering said. “We are all shocked and deeply saddened by his passing and we are incredibly grateful for his service to our country.”