Governor and First Lady Honor Sgt. William B. GrossPaniagua


SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. William B. GrossPaniagua, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. Sgt. GrossPaniagua’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.


Sgt. William B. GrossPaniagua, 28, of Daly City, CA, died July 31 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. GrossPaniagua was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.