WEST ORANGE, NJ – Flags around New Jersey will be lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 23, in recognition and mourning of United States Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw III, a native of Basking Ridge.
Shaw was assigned to United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He lost his life during at 8:30 p.m. on March 10, in a training exercise where a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Eglin, Florida, killing 11 men in total, seven of whom were Marines.
Under Executive Order No. 176, signed by Governor Chris Christie, all State buildings should fly flags at half-staff. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey should be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours.
"Captain Shaw's patriotism and dedicated service to his country and his fellow Marines makes it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory," said Governor Christie.
Captain Shaw graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 and accepted a commission as a Marine officer. He was a dedicated and decorated Marine and the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon with two stars.