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Governor Ernie Fletcher directs state flags to remain at half staff
Press Release Date:  April 5, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeanne Lausche

Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. James A. Sherrill, of Ekron, Kentucky.  Sherrill was killed while fighting in Bayji, Iraq on Sunday, April 3rd.

“Kentucky has lost a brave patriot,” said Governor Fletcher. “Sgt. Sherrill gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the freedoms and liberties so many take for granted. The First Lady and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Sgt. Sherrill. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time.”

Sherrill, 27, was a Kentucky Army National Guardsman assigned to the 2113th Transportation Company, based out of Paducah. Sherrill was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of Sherrill’s funeral.

Sherrill becomes the third Kentucky National Guard soldier to lose their life in battle during the past three weeks.

     "The death of Sgt. Sherrill has impacted everyone in the Kentucky National Guard family," said Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky.  "He was a wonderful person and a dutiful Soldier.  His family is in our prayers and we will continue to support them throughout their time of grief."

There are currently 1,600 Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen mobilized in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, or participating in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

The Kentucky National Guard does not release information on casualties until 24 hours after the soldier’s family is notified.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005