June 26, 2013

Decorated Maine soldier killed in Afghanistan

Corey E. Garver, who grew up in Topsham, was killed by an improvised explosive Sunday while on patrol.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Corey Garver

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U.S. Army Sgt. Corey Garver, with Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provides security as Afghan and American soldiers clear a village in Paktia province, Afghanistan, May 29, 2013. Garver was killed Sunday in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert Porter/Released)

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Nate Gerrish, who lives in Topsham, is a 2005 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School and was friends on Facebook with Garver.

Gerrish said he remembers Garver liked to play hockey and seemed to blend in well with other students at the high school.

"He was an average guy, who stayed out of trouble," said Gerrish, who added he was saddened to learn that his classmate had been killed overseas. "It was sad, and it was eye-opening."

Maine's congressional delegation expressed its condolences as well.

"Sgt. Garver died defending his country and we owe him and his family a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice," Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of the 1st District said in a statement. "I know words can't ease the pain that his family is feeling, but I hope they know that the thoughts and prayers of the people of Maine go out to them during this most difficult time."

"We are deeply saddened to hear of Sgt. Garver's passing. He was a true American hero who valiantly dedicated himself to the defense of our country," U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement. "His actions on the battlefield demonstrated the highest caliber of leadership and courage and we owe him our enduring gratitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this most difficult time."

Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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