Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 65 on Monday, ordering all U.S. and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor the life of U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas DiMona III of Medford Lakes, New Jersey.
“Nicholas DiMona III made his community, his state, and his country proud while bravely serving in the U.S. Army,” Governor Murphy said in a statement.
“Tammy and I send our sincere condolences to Nicholas’ family and his loved ones during this difficult time. May his memory be an everlasting reminder of bravery, integrity, and sacrifice.”
DiMona was assigned to the Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and was training with his unit at Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely when he was shot, on Saturday, March 30, according to U.S. Army Alaska officials.
He was treated on the scene, then airlifted and taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, officials said.
The incident remains under investigation.
DiMona joined the army in July 2017 and trained at Fort Benning, Georgia before being transferred to Alaska last year, officials said. His awards included the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the parachutist badge.
He died 15 years after his father, who was also in the military, was killed in a helicopter crash during training.