A U.S. Marine with ties to Maine has died while serving in Afghanistan.
Marine Lance Cpl. Mark Goyet, whose maternal grandparents live in Westbrook, was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 28, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said in a statement issued on Friday.
Goyet was assigned to 3d Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team-8, II Marine Expeditionary Force FWD, 1st Marine Division, based in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
“We mourn the tragic loss of Corporal Goyet and we are profoundly mindful of his steadfast courage and noble sacrifice as he heroically answered his country’s call to service,” Snowe said. “His bravery and dedication will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this most difficult of times.”
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins issued the following statement.
“I am saddened to learn of the death of Corporal Goyet. Our nation will be forever grateful for his selfless sacrifice and brave service to our country,” she said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fellow Marines.”
Gov. Paul LePage also expressed his condolences to Goyet’s family and friends.
“We will not forget his courage and dedication which he displayed fighting to the defense of our freedom,” LePage said. “His sacrifice will forever be remembered.”
LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said the governor’s office has learned that Goyet’s father, Navy Cmdr. Raymond Goyet, was born in Portland and that his mother, Martha Curran Goyet, is from Westbrook, where his maternal grandparents, Phil and Nancy Curran, reside.
A story published earlier this week in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, a Texas newspaper that covers Goyet’s hometown of Stinson, said Goyet was 22 when he died. His mother told the newspaper that Goyet had been shot several times in the chest and died before medics reached him.
Goyet had served one tour in Iraq as a mortar man and was assigned to a Navy ship based in Japan before volunteering in March to go to Afghanistan, according to the Caller-Times, which described Goyet as a high school football and basketball standout.