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Flags lowered Thursday for Pfc. Bradley Rappuhn

Aug. 17, 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 Thursday, Aug. 19, in honor of Army Pfc. Bradley D. Rappuhn of Grand Ledge, Mich., who died Aug. 8 at Zhari Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Rappuhn, age 24, died from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Rappuhn's family has requested that flags be lowered Aug. 19, the day of his funeral service at Grand Ledge High School. Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich.

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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