A Marine who made headlines last year when he was not allowed to wear his uniform for his high school graduation has been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, 19, graduated from Marine Corps bootcamp the same day as his high school graduation in June 2013. It was his desire to wear his uniform in lieu of a graduation gown.
ConVal High School rejected his request, and Garabrant had to wear his uniform under his graduation cap and gown.
Principal Brian Pickering said the policy was in place so Garabrant would not be singled-out from his classmates at an event meant to celebrate the accomplishments of the entire class.
Upon hearing of Garabrant’s death, principal Pickering told WMUR9, “We are all shocked and deeply saddened by his passing and we are incredibly grateful for his service to our country.”
The New Hampshire community where Garabrant grew up is saddened by his death and the flag at the fire station he volunteered at has been placed at half mast.
“He absolutely loved what he was doing. He knew the sacrifice and he was still willing to do it,” fire chief George Clark said.
Praise has been given to Garabrant’s dedication to his service.
“Garabrant was a hero in every sense of the word. He valiantly served our country and epitomized the bravery and sacrifice of every member of our armed forces for which we will be forever grateful,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen said.
Garabrant was one of three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan on Friday morning, reports the Daily Mail.