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SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Cody J. Towse.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on June 1, 2013.

U.S. Army Specialist Towse, of Elk Ridge, died on May 14, 2013, of injuries sustained from an explosion while serving in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.  

Governor Herbert issued the following statement:

"With profound sadness we recognize the death of U.S. Army Specialist Cody James Towse, who lost his life while heroically trying to save the life of his fellow soldier. Jeanette and I join Utahns everywhere in mourning his loss and offering our deepest condolences to his family. On behalf of a grateful State and nation, we offer heartfelt thanks for his noble service and extraordinary sacrifice. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten."

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