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Executive Order #65

Governor James E. McGreevey

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class David M. Tapper, a lifelong resident of the State of New Jersey, graduated from Edgewood Regional High School in 1989; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class Tapper enlisted in the United States Navy upon graduation and subsequently completed the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class Tapper served proudly as a U.S. Navy SEAL, where he had a distinguished military career for more than thirteen years and earned several honors including the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous Good Conduct Awards; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class Tapper was deployed to Afghanistan in the service of his country; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class Tapper was a courageous soldier, a loving husband and father of four children who was known for his tremendous bravery, unwavering faith and a devout love for his family; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class Tapper has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while fighting for our country; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer First Class Tapper's patriotism and dedicated service to his country make him a hero and a true role model for all Americans and, therefore, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark his passing and to honor his memory;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, 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:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half mast at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Friday, August 29, 2003, in recognition and mourning of Petty Officer First Class David M. Tapper.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

     

    GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 27th day
    of August in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
    and Three, and of the Independence of the United
    States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.

    James E. McGreevey
    Governor

Attest:

Michael R. DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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