LePage orders flags be lowered in Caribou to honor soldier who died in motorcycle crash

Posted June 19, 2012, at 7:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — In remembrance and honor of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel G. Alward, Gov. Paul LePage has directed that the U.S. and Maine flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, June 20, in Caribou.

Alward, 31, died as a result of a motorcycle accident June 9, 2012, in Fayetteville, N.C. He was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion 1st Special Weapons Training Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. He graduated from Caribou High School in 1999 and enlisted shortly after graduation.

During his career, Alward deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, according to an obituary published in the Bangor Daily News on Monday, June 18.

He received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, U.S. Army Gold Recruiters Badge, Parachutists Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Alward is survived by his wife, Amanda Parks and son, Evan, of Hope Mills, N.C.; his father, Gary Alward of Tolland, Conn.; mother, Yvonne Nimmer of Caribou; brother, David Alward and children, Dustin and Delaney, of Presque Isle; mother-in-law Roxann Parks of Caribou; father-in-law Mark Parks of Woodland.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, in the chapel at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery.

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