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    Flags flown at half staff for Sgt. Joseph Richardson

    2:05 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The American and Arkansas flags will be flown at half staff Saturday in honor of an Arkansas soldier.

    This decree is from Gov. Mike Beebe's office:

    United States Army Sergeant Joseph Alvin Richardson of Booneville, Arkansas, born in Algona, Iowa, on September 10, 1989, was a dedicated and courageous soldier, who was deeply loved by his family and many friends, and died on November 16, 2012, after being injured by enemy fire while serving his country in Paktika Afghanistan; and

    WHEREAS: Joe was the beloved son of his mother, Ginette Richardson of Dakota City, Iowa, and his father and stepmother, Greg and Teresa Richardson of Gilmore City, Iowa; the devoted husband of Ashley Marie Richardson of Manhattan, Kansas; the loving brother of Cassie Richardson of Beebe, Arkansas, Abby Richardson of Dakota City, Iowa, Nick Eden of Wesley, Iowa, Laura Mitricska of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Megan Christianson of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, and Ryan Edwards of Eagle Grove, Iowa; as well as a cherished member of his extended family and a loyal friend to scores of people from across the world; and

    WHEREAS: Joe joined the Army after graduating in 2008 from Booneville High School, where he was known for his fun-loving nature, his steadfast friendships, and for the passion and energy he put into everything he did, which included participating in golf, cross-country, and drama. Sergeant Richardson was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom after previously serving in Iraq; and

    WHEREAS: Sergeant Richardson sacrificed his life near Paktika Province, Afghanistan, as a member of the Army, assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, out of Fort Riley, Kansas, and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart to add to the many medals and commendations previously received; and

    WHEREAS: All Arkansans and United States citizens owe Joe a lasting debt of gratitude for his bravery and his heroism and should pay tribute to his faithful service; and

    WHEREAS: Citizens of this State and Nation extend deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Sergeant Joseph Richardson;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by law, in tribute to the memory of Joseph A. Richardson, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas be flown at half-staff on Saturday, December 1, 2012

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