WHEREAS, United States Army Captain Gregory Thomas Dalessio was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessio enlisted in the Army after attending Seton Hall Universityís ROTC program; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessio was assigned to the HHC, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, based in Baumholder, Germany; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessio was a dedicated soldier as well as a loving son, brother, and friend, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family and fellow soldiers; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessio died near Salman Park, Iraq, during a time of war while serving as a member of the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessio has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty, while fighting on behalf of his country; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessio has received some of our nationís highest military honors, including the Posthumous Bronze Star Medal, Posthumous Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge Posthumous, and Meritorious Unit Commendation; and
WHEREAS, Captain Dalessioís love for his family and friends, his patriotism, and dedicated service to his country and his fellow soldiers make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mourn and remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in recognition and mourning for a son of New Jersey and a brave and loyal American, United States Army Captain Gregory Thomas Dalessio.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 30th day
of June Two Thousand and Eight, and of the
Independence of the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-Second.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Edward J. McBride, Jr.
Chief Counsel to the Governor