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Gov. DeWine orders flags at half-staff to honor Conneaut soldier killed at Fort Stewart in Georgia

Posted at 11:25 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 11:25:22-04

COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff to honor Cpl. Thomas Cole Walker, the Conneaut soldier who died during an early morning exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia last Sunday.

DeWine ordered that all U.S. and Ohio flags be lowered to half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in Ashtabula County, at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

Flags shall remain lowered until sunset on the day of 22-year-old Cpl. Walker’s funeral.

Cpl. Walker, an infantryman who had been stationed at Fort Stewart since 2016, was one of three soldiers killed Sunday morning when their armored vehicle rolled off a bridge and submerged in water during training.

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Walker had been awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.