November 12, 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 Southern Illinois soldier killed last week in the war in Afghanistan.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset, Saturday, Nov. 13, in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jordan B. Emrick.

Reports say that Emrick, 26, a native of Hoyleton, in Washington County, was killed Nov. 5 by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province.

Emrick graduated from Nashville High School in 2002. An explosive ordinance defense specialist, Emrick was on his third deployment, according to reports. He deployed to Iraq in 2008.

Emrick was assigned to the 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.