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Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Guardsmen


July 24, 2006

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski ordered Alaska State flags to half-staff Sunday in honor of the two Alaska Army National Guard soldiers who died in Mississippi Thursday.

Sergeant First Class George William Dauma, Jr., 37, of Fairbanks, and Staff Sergeant William Franklin Brown, 54, of Barrow were killed and two others injured when a semi-truck rear-ended their Humvee around 10:45 p.m. on U.S. highway 98 near Camp Shelby, Mississippi, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Second Lieutenant Pritkal Aujla, 26, and Staff Sergeant William Schultz, 31, suffered injuries in the crash.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of these two fine soldiers," Murkowski said. "These soldiers were doing a great service to our state, our country, and the world, by defending peace and freedom for all."

The soldiers were members of 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry, Alaska Army National Guard.

The Department of Defense announced Friday than an Alaska Army National Guard Humvee had crashed while moving from one training location to another while continuing excercises before final deployment to Iraq.

The flags will remain at half-staff until the morning of Monday, July 31.



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