Gov. Nixon orders flags to half-staff in honor of fallen Marine from St. Charles County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on Oct. 21 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Lance Corporal Phillip D. Vinnedge. Lance Corporal Vinnedge, age 19, of St. Charles, was a U.S. Marine serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He died on Oct. 13 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device blast while conducting mounted combat operations against enemy forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

In addition, Gov. Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in St. Charles County be flown at half-staff from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27. The funeral for Lance Corporal Vinnedge will be held in St. Charles on Oct. 21.

"Lance Corporal Vinnedge served our country with bravery and dedication as a U.S. Marine, and I ask all Missourians to remember his sacrifice when they see the lowered flags," Gov. Nixon said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn for him."

Lance Corporal Vinnedge was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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