American Flags and Missouri Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, April 14th in the state of Missouri in honor of US Army Staff Sgt Tyler James Smith.
Flags are to fly at half-staff in Texas County from April 15th through April 20th.
According to the office of the governor:
Staff Sergeant Smith died on April 3 of wounds he sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Bar, Weapon: Rifle (Inscription: Rifle), Expert), and the Overseas Service Bar (2 awards).