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Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff for Murrieta Army Sergeant

Gov. Jerry Brown expressed his condolences Tuesday to the family and friends of U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz.

Flags were flown at half-staff Tuesday over the State Capitol in Sacramento in memorial of U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz, of Murrieta.

Ruiz, 22, died of wounds suffered Oct. 25, when his unit was attacked by small arms fire in Khas Uruzgan, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

On behalf of all Californians, Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Ruiz, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation, the governor's office wrote in a statement to the media.

The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time, according to the statement. Ruiz’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.

Born in Poway,a Murrieta Valley High School graduate, was assigned to the 9th Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne), 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

He was the second soldier from Murrieta to die this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fred Kempf November 13, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Is he also going to thank them for paying more State Taxes, to pay for all of his overspending?? I also grieve for every American that is killed fighting for our freedom. The problem is, today our freedom's are being taken away by Liberal Socialist's catering to Seculare Progressives and special interest groups.
Judy Hayes Gould November 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
What a deplorable time to voice your opinion Fred. My prayers go out to the family.
chris R. November 13, 2012 at 09:52 PM
wrong place for that!
all-c-ing-eye November 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Understand your thoughts and although there is something to what you say I dont think this arena is the time or place for it. We as Murrieta residents have just lost one of our own and this should be about Clinton Ruiz. Im sure there will be other opportunities to vent on this matter. Thank You.
censored messenger November 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
if you google map Oruzgan, you'll see how formidable it would be to defend. just a thin strip of valley surrounded by steep mountains. Horrid medieval place Why are we there again?

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