November 10, 2010

Flags lowered to honor war casualty

Under a proclamation signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, the United States flag and the Illinois flag are to be at half-staff at all State of Illinois facilities in honor of a U.S. Army soldier killed this month in the war in Afghanistan.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise, Saturday, Nov. 13, until sunset, Monday, Nov. 15, in honor of Spc. James C. “Chad” Young.

Reports say that Young, 25, of Rochester, was killed Nov. 3 when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan.

Young was a 2003 graduate of Glenwood High School. He was assigned to the 323rd Engineer Company in Spartanburg, S.C. This was his second tour in Afghanistan. He returned to active duty from the reserves in February.

He joined the U.S. Army in 2004, and first deployed to Afghanistan from March 2007 to May 2008. He served in Korea prior to his first deployment to Afghanistan, according to reports.