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Flags lowered for Michigan man killed in Afghanistan

March 5, 2010

LANSING, Mich.--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, Monday, March 8, in honor of Marine Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett, of Canton, Mich., who died while on active duty in Afghanistan.

Turbett, age 21, died Feb. 13 while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In December 2003, Gov. Granholm issued a proclamation 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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