MARINE BARRED FROM WEARING UNIFORM AT GRADUATION KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

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A New Hampshire Marine who was barred from wearing his uniform for his high school graduation last June has been killed by a roadside bomb. 

Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who signed up for the forces immediately after finishing his studies, was one of three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan on Friday morning.

The community where the 19-year-old grew up were saddened by his death, and a flag was at half mast outside the fire station he volunteered at.

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Garabrant had been so proud of making it into the Marines that he made headlines last year after trying to wear his uniform to his high school graduation.

 

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His Peterborough school denied his request, telling the teenager that he would have to wear his cap and gown over the newly acquired uniform.

 

The principal, Brian Pickering, this week praised his former student and said the school community was upset to hear that Garabrant had died.

 

‘We are all shocked and deeply saddened by his passing and we are incredibly grateful for his service to our country,’ Pickering told WMUR9.

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Garabrant’s untimely death struck a chord with many in his New Hampshire community. Several had already backed the young man’s dedication to the forces after his plea to graduate in his uniform.

 

At the time of the high school celebration last June, he had just completed his training at a South Carolina camp.

 

Several shops around the school showed their support for his request to wear the uniform, and put signs up calling for the school to change its rules.

 

His mother, Jesse Garabrant, said at the time: ‘I’m overwhelmed with the support of the community. It’s just wonderful.’

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As well as being a dedicated Marine, Garabrant also worked as a volunteer firefighter in Temple..

 

‘Whenever he came home on leave, the first thing he did, contacting me, “Chief, I need a pager so I can help you out”,’ volunteer fire chief George Clark said.

 

‘He absolutely loved what he was doing. He knew the sacrifice and he was still willing to do it,’ Clark told WMRU9.

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