SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Specialist Michael A. Dahl, Jr. of Moreno Valley: “Specialist Michael Dahl was a proud and courageous soldier who selflessly worked to defend our nation. Maria and I join all Californians in remembering Michael’s service and honoring his sacrifice. Our hearts are with his family and friends.”

Dahl, 23, died Oct. 17 in Argahndab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Dahl was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Fort Lewis, WA.

In honor of Spc. Dahl, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.