JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon ordered 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 Saturday to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Staff Sgt. Tyler Smith.
Smith, 24, of Licking, was a soldier in the U.S. Army serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He died on April 3 of wounds from an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
In addition to the flags statewide, Nixon ordered the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Texas County be flown at half-staff from April 15 to April 20.
“Staff Sgt. Smith served our country with bravery and dedication, 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.”
Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.