Governor Directs Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Kentucky Soldier

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Staff Sergeant Christopher N. Hamlin.

According to the Department of Defense, Hamlin, 24, of London, died May 4 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, in Fort Hood, Texas.

Flags will remain at half-staff in honor of Hamlin until sunset on the day of his funeral, which has not yet been determined.

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