FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a three Fort Campbell soldiers who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, the following soldiers died on Aug. 11 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire:

  • Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho;
  • Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, Ark.; and
  • Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas.

The soldiers were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.  Herrera and Grace died in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, while Hicks was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and later died.

The Governor will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of each soldier’s interment for which arrangements are still pending.

Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/flagstatus.aspx.




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