SALEM - Governor Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, June 4, 2012, in remembrance of Marine Corporal Keaton G. Coffey.
Corporal Coffey was a dedicated young leader serving his second tour abroad, said Governor Kitzhaber. His commitment to his family and this country is inspiring, yet his death is a tragic loss and a reminder of the burden our military and their families continue to bear overseas. He will be missed, and I ask that all Oregonians pause this Monday to honor his sacrifice.
Cpl Coffey, 22, of Boring, died May 24 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.