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Flags lowered Friday for Navy SEAL Heath M. Robinson

by Tonya Durlach

Nov. 2, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Naval Senior Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson.
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, Nov. 4, in honor of U.S. Naval Senior Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson, of Petoskey, Mich., who was killed Aug. 6 in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

Robinson, age 34, died of wounds suffered when his unit's helicopter was shot down by enemy forces.

Robinson was assigned to the Navy SEAL Team Three from March 2000 to April 2002. After completing one tour, he transferred to SEAL Team Seven from April 2002 to April 2004. He then began a rigorous selection and training course with Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Nine months after beginning the training process, Robinson was selected to be a special warfare operator and completed numerous deployments.

Robinson was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and numerous other personal and unit decorations.

A memorial fund has been set up in memory of Robinson. Donations can be forwarded to the Navy Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach, Va.

Former Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm issued a proclamation in 2003, requiring U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout 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.