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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky Marine who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 15, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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

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