Grantsburg mourns Marine killed in Tennessee shooting
Flags were lowered to half-staff Friday in Grantsburg in Burnett County, hometown of Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist. Holmquist was one of four Marines killed in attacks on military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday. "It's a tough time right ...
Flags were lowered to half-staff Friday in Grantsburg in Burnett County, hometown of Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist.
Holmquist was one of four Marines killed in attacks on military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday.
"It's a tough time right now," his father, Tom Holmquist of Granstburg, said in an interview Friday.
He said he did not wish to make any other comment other than: "He was fighting for his country."
Holmquist graduated from Grantsburg High School in 2008, the school's principal, Josh Watt, said.
Watt was then the assistant coach of the football team, for which Holmquist lettered as a defensive back.
"He was a great young man," Watt said. "A hard-working young man."
Grantsburg is home to about 1,500 residents and about 300 students are enrolled at its high school.
"We are a tight, close-knit community," Watt said. "It's a really hard day."
News outlets have reported that Holmquist was living in Jacksonville, N.C.
Speaking at one of his presidential campaign events Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told the crowd that he had learned only minutes before the identity of Holmquist. The governor led his audience in a moment of silent prayer for Holmquist, the other Marines killed and those wounded.
"It's important for all of us to just think about the families of the four fallen Marines and those of the three (wounded)," Walker said. "Issues like these aren't red or blue, they're red, white and blue. And certainly our heart bleeds for anyone involved in that."
Walker on Friday ordered flags in Wisconsin to fly at half-staff until a funeral is held.
Holmquist joined the Marines on Jan. 20, 2009, and was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 1, 2013, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
An automotive maintence technician, Holmquist put in two combat tours. His medals include the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the NATO-ISAF Service Medal.
Holmquist was on active duty and was assigned to a reserve unit in Chattanooga when he was killed.