Flags to be lowered on Monday, February 24, in honor of United States Army Spc. John A. Pelham
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, February 24, 2014, in honor of Army Specialist John A. Pelham of Portland.
“This is a tragic loss for Oregon, and we are indebted to Spc. Pelham for proudly serving our state and our nation,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “My thoughts are with his family and his unit during this difficult time. I ask all Oregonians to pause on Monday to remember Spc. Pelham and honor both his sacrifice and his legacy of service.”
Spc. Pelham died on February 12 in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.
Rachel Wray, 503-559-1277