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Capt. John R. Brainard

Born: Sep. 1, 1985 in Waterville, Maine
Died: May 28, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan

Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine died May 28, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their helicopter crashed. He was assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany. Jay was a 2004 graduate of Foxcroft Academy. He then attended the University of Maine on a scholarship and enrolled in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.  Jay graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in military science. He was commissioned into the active-duty army as a second lieutenant in the Aviation Corps on May 9, 2008. In January 2009, he was set to attend Army Officers Basic Course. Brainard was the brigade adjutant and was on his first combat tour in his four years of service.

Sawyer Cemetery in Plymouth, Maine

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  1. WATCHANUT
    May 29th, 2012 at 23:33 | #1

    Rest in Peace, Capt Brainard. Into the Arms of God .God bless your family and friends.

  2. JamesWWarhola
    June 3rd, 2012 at 23:35 | #2

    We in the University of Maine’s Department of Political Science were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Captain John R. Brainard III and wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and those who knew him. His academic work in the Department of Political Science was notable for its high quality, and led in part to his graduation from the University of Maine in May 2008 with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude status. John was an excellent student and an exemplary representative of the University of Maine; we are both proud of him and proud to count him among our alumni. He served his country and the State of Maine with valor. He will be sorely missed but well remembered for his academic acheivements, his positive engagement with his professors and fellow students, and most of all for his selfless military service leading to the ultimate sacrifice. Again, please accept our sincerest and deepest condolences.

    Thank you John – — Rest in Eternal Peace, Courageous One !

    James W. Warhola,
    Professor and Chairman
    Department of Political Science
    The University of Maine
    Orono, Maine

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