Flags lowered Friday for Sgt. Kristopher Gould
March 9, 2011
LANSING, Mich.--By order of Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered Friday, March 11, in honor of Army Sgt. Kristopher Gould, of Frankenlust Township, Mich., who died Feb. 27 in Afghanistan's Ghazni province.
Gould, age 25, died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was an infantryman assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.
Gould began his military service with the Michigan Army National Guard in 2003 and joined the U.S. Army in 2006. He served three tours of duty in the Middle East and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm issued a proclamation in December 2003, requiring U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters to honor Michigan servicemen and servicewomen killed in the line of duty.
Michigan was among the first states to honor its fallen sons and daughters by lowering flags.
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