SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom honor Marine Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Partner extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
In memorial, Governor Newsom ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol. Gunnery Sgt. Pongo’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.
Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, 34, of Simi Valley, CA, died March 8, 2020 while supporting Iraqi Security Forces in north central Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC. Gunnery Sgt. Pongo was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.