Governor and First Lady Honor Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher


SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher, 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. Cpl. Dutcher’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.


Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher, 22, of Asheville, NC, died September 15 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. Dutcher was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.