Governor and First Lady Honor Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom


SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 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. 1st Class James F. Grissom’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.


Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, CA, died March 21 of wounds suffered from small arms fire in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.