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Flags lowered for Michigan man killed in Afghanistan

April 28, 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, Friday, April 30, in honor of Army Sgt. Michael K. Ingram Jr., of Monroe, Mich., who died while on active duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Ingram, age 23, died April 17 from injuries he sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Ingram was promoted from corporal to sergeant at the time of his death. He also was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Stewart Road Christian Ministries, with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, both in Monroe.

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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Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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