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Flags lowered Friday for Seaman Aaron Ullom of Midland

by Thom Myers

July 20, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Navy Seaman Aaron Ullom.
LANSING, Mich.--By order of Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered Friday, July 22, in honor of Navy Seaman Aaron D. Ullom, of Midland, Mich., who died July 12 in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Ullom, age 20, served as a hospital corpsman for the Navy and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He deployed to Afghanistan in February for his first tour of duty. Ullom's awards include National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal—International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, Midland. There will also be visitation Friday, July 22, at the Midland Evangelical Free Church from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by the funeral service.

Former Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm issued a proclamation in 2003, requiring U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout 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.