Hiking trail in Aroostook being renamed for fallen Marine

Posted April 12, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Gov. Paul LePage signed into law Tuesday a measure to name a summit trail on Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill in honor of a Presque Isle native who was killed in Iraq in 2006.

The House and Senate last month passed the bill directing the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands, to name the trail the Dustin J. Libby Trail.

Marine Cpl. Libby of Castle Hill was 22 when he was killed in action on Dec. 6, 2006, while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned as a squad leader to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“I’m grateful to the Legislature for passing the bill in overwhelming fashion and to the governor for signing it so quickly,” said Rep. Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton, who sponsored the measure. “It is difficult when we lose one of our own, but now Corporal Libby will live on in the hearts of those hikers going to the top of Haystack Mountain.”

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Libby was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq at the time of his death. He had served in the country previously in 2004. Between his two Iraq tours, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Haystack Mountain, a Castle Hill landmark, is about 10 miles west of Presque Isle. The elevation is 1,142 feet. Hikers reach the summit after a moderate climb of about one-third of a mile.

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