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Flags lowered Thursday for Plainwell soldier killed in Afghan attack

by Tonya Durlach

June 6, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Pvt. Thomas C. Allers.
Pvt. Thomas C. Allers
LANSING, Mich.--By order of Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered Thursday, June 9, in honor of Army Pvt. Thomas C. Allers, of Plainwell, Mich., who died May 21 in Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Allers, age 23, died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. This was his first deployment. Allers' service awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Plainwell High School auditorium. The public is invited to line the streets for a procession immediately following the service.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm issued a proclamation in December 2003, 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.