Flags at half-staff for Marine killed in training

Fairfield-marineGov. Dannel P. Malloy today directed flags to remain at half-staff in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., who was killed during a training exercise in Nevada.

Muchnick, of Westport, attended Fairfield Prep before transferring to Staples High School in his native Westport.

“Lance Cpl. Muchnick was an American hero whose life was cut short, and we join his family and friends in mourning this tragedy,” Malloy said. “Our prayers are with all of our armed forces who are serving this nation so bravely.

“Whether fighting in battle overseas or serving his country here at home, this brave young Marine represented the best of Connecticut and of our nation,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “And as we pray for him and his family, let us also pray that no more of our sons and daughters are taken from us so tragically.”

Muchnick, 23, was a member was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp LeJeune, N.C.. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in May 2011. Muchnick’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.

Flags will remain at half-staff until burial or memorial, information for which is forthcoming, according to Malloy’s office.

Muchnick grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 2008 before serving tours of duty in Kuwait and Afghanistan, according to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

“I am heartbroken to hear of Marine Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick’s untimely passing,” Himes said in a statement. “Roger was one of eight bright young men whose lives were cut tragically short this week, and we must never forget his courage and sacrifice. Our men and women in uniform give so much in the defense of this nation, and I know that the community of Westport will be reeling from this loss for a long time to come. I want to express my deepest sympathies to Roger’s family, friends, and all those whose lives were touched by his.”

“As the brother of a lieutenant colonel currently serving in Afghanistan, I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Marine Lance Corporal Roger W. Muchnick Jr., whose dedication to our country is to be commended,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said. “On behalf of the town of Fairfield, I give my heartfelt condolences to the Muchnick family and hope they take comfort in knowing how honorable and brave their son was.”

Although Malloy’s office and the Marine Corps said that Muchnick resided in Fairfield, Fairfield officials said Thursday that he did not live in town.

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