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Flags at half-staff for Michigan war casualty

July 6, 2006

KALAMAZOO--By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered for one day, Friday, July 7, in honor of Marine Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar, who died June 26 from injuries sustained while on active duty in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Plouhar, age 30, of Lake Orion, Mich., died as the result of wounds he received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Flags should return to full-staff Saturday, July 8.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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