November 03, 2009

Flags lowered to honor war casualty

Under a proclamation signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, the United States flag and the Illinois flag are at half-staff at all State of Illinois facilities in honor of an Illinois native killed last week in Iraq.

Fags are to be flown at half-staff from today (Tuesday) until sunset, Thursday, Nov. 5, in honor of U.S. Army Major David L. Audo.

Reports indicate that Audo, 35, of St. Joseph, died Oct. 27, in Baghdad, of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related incident.

A 1992 graduate of St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Audo earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois where he was on ROTC scholarship, and a master’s degree in business and organization security management from Webster University in St. Louis. Commissioned an Army lieutenant in December 1997, he graduated from the U.S. Army Military Police School.

Reports indicate Audo was assigned in July to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 22nd Military Police Battalion, 6th Military Police Group, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., and was serving as executive officer for the battalion's forward element in Iraq.

Audo served a tour in Iraq in 2003 and in Afghanistan in 2005.