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

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 22, 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 Sgt. 1st Class William A. Zapfe.

According to the Department of Defense, Zapfe, 35, of Muldraugh, died June 19 in Muhammad al Ali, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.  He was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Zapfe’s funeral, which has not yet been determined.

Individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute by lowering flags in honor of Sergeant Zapfe.

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