By Wausau Pilot & Review Staff

Gov. Tony Evers on Monday ordered all U.S. and Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a fallen Marine who died in June.

The order honors Wisconsin native and U.S. Marine Corps. service member, Private First Class Eric A. Bath.

Bath was just 19 when he died June 30 after the amphibious assault vehicle in which he was riding sank off the coast of Southern California during a training exercise. Fifteen Marines and one Navy sailor were on board, officials said.

Bath’s interest in military service began from a young age. In his senior year of high school, he transferred to online learning to better prepare for enlistment immediately following graduation. He joined the United States Marine Corps. on July 29, 2019, attended boot camp in San Diego and earned the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal while serving.  

Pfc. Bath will be laid to rest on Tues., Aug. 25 in Union Grove, Wisconsin. 

Executive order #85 is effective from sunrise to sunset on Aug. 25, 2020, and can be found here