Thursday, August 1, 2013
The flags over the state capitol have been lowered today to honor Army Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, California.
The Department of Defense reports Burley died July 30, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
A statement released by Governor Jerry Brown announcing the lowering of the flags reads, in part:
On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
Burley was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart in Georgia.