Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags to Remain at Half-Staff in Memory of Kentucky Guardsman

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Kentucky National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Delmar White died Sunday in Iraq

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Delmar White, 37, of Lexington.

White was killed on Sunday, Sept. 2, by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. White was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carlisle. White deployed with his unit in August of this year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“The First Lady and I are deeply affected by the loss of Staff Sgt. White,” said Governor Fletcher. “Staff Sgt. White bravely chose to serve his country, and we honor the memory of his sacrifice. His family and friends are no doubt going through a most difficult time, and our prayers are with them.”

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of White's funeral. Funeral arrangements are pending. Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes, 25, of Ludlow, who died Aug. 25 in Afghanistan. Carnes’ funeral is Tuesday.

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

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