Governor and First Lady Honor Spc. William J. Gilbert


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


Spc. William J. Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights, CA, died May 14, in Sanjaray, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX. Spc. William J. Gilbert was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.