Governor Chris Gregoire has directed flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Friday, April 20, 2012, in memory of U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ramon T. Kaipat, 22, of Tacoma, who died April 11 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Friday.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
A funeral service will be on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 pm. The location is pending.
Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times in a story Tuesday.
In January, nearly 200 guests, including actors from the miniseries, attended his 90th birthday party, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.
“To us he wasn’t really a war hero, he was just a hero, period,” Tracy Compton told the Herald.
Lynn Compton also is remembered for his legal career in California. He headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy and was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He retired from the bench in 1990.
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LONDON — Florence Green, the world’s last known veteran of World War I, has died at the age of 110, the care home where she lived said Tuesday.
Briar House Care Home in King’s Lynn, England, said Green died Saturday, two weeks before her 111th birthday.
Born Florence Beatrice Patterson in London on Feb. 19, 1901, she joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17.
An Army Ranger who was on his 14th deployment to a combat zone has been killed in Afghanistan.
Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed Saturday when the assault force he was with triggered a hidden roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.
Domeij served four deployments in Iraq and another nine stints in Afghanistan. During that time he was awarded two Bronze Stars. His third Bronze Star, earned during his final tour in Afghanistan, will be awarded posthumously, according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. — Staff Sergeant Jared Hagemann served his country during eight deployments overseas.
He killed himself to avoid serving a ninth, according to his wife, Ashley Joppa-Hagemann.
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Army Spc. Alexander Bennett, 23, reportedly moved to Overland Park, Kansas after returning from his 2009 deployment to Iraq. He served as a flight mechanic in the Army Reserve’s Chinook unit.
The 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans who died in the crash in eastern Afghanistan Saturday were on a mission targeting a Taliban leader. An insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the chopper and shot it down, the U.S.-led coalition said Monday.
It was deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war.
by KING 5 News and Associated Press
A Requiem Mass will be held for (former First Lt.) Joe Butzerin at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Monday, July 11th. Starting Friday, July 8, at noon, Joe will be in repose at the Butzerin home at 4903 SW Hill Street, where visitors will be welcome at any time. A wake will be held on Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Originally posted on the West Seattle Blog