Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Kentucky Soldier

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 07, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Staff Sergeant Christopher N. Hamlin.

According to the Department of Defense, Hamlin, 24, of London, died May 4 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in Fort Hood, Texas.

Flags will remain at half-staff in honor of Hamlin until sunset on the day of his funeral, which has not yet been determined. 

Updated flag status and funeral information is available at