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Schwarzenegger Issues Statement On Death Of Sonora Soldier

Sacramento, Ca — In response to the death of U.S. Army Sgt. Bobby Rapp, a Sonora native, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has released the following statement:

“The people of California are forever indebted to Sergeant Robert Rapp for his extraordinary leadership, valor and dedication to this country. His sacrifice reminds us of the selflessness exhibited every day by the courageous men and women of our armed forces. Maria and I join all Californians in extending our deepest sympathies to Robert´s family and friends as they mourn the loss of an American hero.”

Rapp, 22, died as a result of wounds suffered during combat operations in the Sabari District of Afghanistan. Rapp was assigned to the to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army, Fort Bragg, NC.

In honor of Sgt. Rapp, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

Written by BJ Hansen