Governor Corbett orders flags lowered to half-staff for fallen soldiers' funerals

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Apr 19, 2013 9:47 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett today ordered all US and Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol and commonwealth facilities in Berks County to fly at half-staff on Monday.

The gesture is to honor Army Chief Warrant Officer Jarett Yoder, who was killed in Afghanistan on April 9th.

His funeral is scheduled for Monday.

Yoder, 26, of Mohnton, and fellow Pennsylvania Army National Guardsman Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner, 34, of Indiana County, were killed when their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

Yoder joined the military in 2005, and along with Ruffner, served with the 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.

The 1-104th is based in Johnstown, Cambria County, and Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County.

Earlier this week, the Governor announced flags will be lowered in honor of Ruffner on Saturday, the day of his burial.

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