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New Hampshire Marine was tragically killed in Afghanistan Friday morning

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) went to the Senate floor this evening to pay tribute to fallen New Hampshire Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield. Garabrant was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan Friday.

Shaheen’s remarks as prepared for delivery are included below:

Madam President, it is with a heavy heart that I rise to honor the life and service of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a native of Greenfield, New Hampshire who sadly was killed in action on Friday in Afghanistan. 

Lance Corporal Garabrant was serving his first tour overseas after completing basic training at Camp Lejune last year. 

In the days since we learned that Brandon made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, we have been touched by the selfless devotion with which he lived his life, and which defined him as a citizen and a Marine. 

His dedication to our country was so focused that he completed basic training at Camp Lejune just a day before he graduated from ConVal Regional High School. 

Brandon also served throughout his high school years as a volunteer firefighter with the Temple Volunteer Fire Department. 

And although he was just 19 years old when he deployed to Afghanistan, Brandon faced the enormous task of defending our nation with unshakable conviction.

Brandon’s thoughts on the eve of his April deployment most aptly demonstrate his devotion to his country, community and fellow Marines. 

Brandon wrote: “Fighting for our country, our brothers to the left and right, our friends and families back home. So that you can have the right for freedom and to live the American dream without fear of anything. Here comes a long journey into the unknown.”

Brandon is survived by his mother, Jessie, his father, John, and his younger siblings Jacob and Mykala. 

It is my hope that during this extremely difficult time, Brandon’s family and friends will find comfort in knowing that Americans everywhere appreciate deeply his sacrifice in the defense of our country, so that the rest of us may continue to live in peace and freedom. 

Brandon epitomized the best New Hampshire tradition of service, and his example will not soon be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

I ask my colleagues and all Americans to join me in honoring the life and service of this brave young American, Brandon Garabrant.