JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (KMOV) -- Governor Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in every Missouri county be flown at half-staff on Wednesday to honor a St. Louis-area soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Specialist Jeffrey Lee White Jr., 21, of Catawissa, died April 3 after an improvised explosive device detonated near his Army patrol in Khost Province, Afghanistan.
Governor Nixon has also ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Franklin County be flown at half-staff from April 19 to April 24.
“Specialist White made the supreme sacrifice in service to our country, and the lowered flags remind Missourians of his courage and dedication,” Nixon said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn for him.”
Specialist White was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
During his time, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.