|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1983|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 2010|
US Marine Corps
3rd Combat Eng, 1st Mar, 1st Mar Div
Flags lowered in memory of decorated Marine
The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The state lowered its Capitol flags Aug. 16 in honor of a decorated Twentynine Palms staff sergeant who was killed in action.
Staff Sgt. Michael A Bock, 26, was a combat engineer serving on his fourth tour of duty.
He was shot Aug. 13 by small arms fire while serving in Helmand Province in southwest Afghanistan, according to the Marine Corps.
During his eight years of service, Bock had earned a long list of service awards, including a Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.
"Staff Sgt. Michael Bock worked hard in the line of duty, defending our nation with pride and honor. The loss of his life is a terrible loss for our country," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement Aug. 16, with the order to lower the flags for 72 hours.
Bock, who grew up in Nebraska and attended high school in Leesburg, Fla., enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 2002. He served on three previous combat deployments, including two in Iraq in 2003 and 2005.
He most recently lived in Nebraska with his wife and their 3-year-old son.
Bock was assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Twentynine Palms.
"The Marines and sailors of the combat center are saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Bock. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family," the military wrote when announcing his death.
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