Gov. Greitens orders flags to half-staff statewide in honor of fallen Marine from Callaway County

Gov. Eric Greitens has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on Aug. 15 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Sergeant Talon Leach. Sergeant Leach, age 27, of Fulton, was a member of the United States Marine Corps who died on July 10 in the line of duty after a transport plane he was in crashed on its way to a pre-deployment training.

In addition, Gov. Greitens has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Callaway County be flown at half-staff from August 16-22. The proclamation can be read here:

Sergeant Leach was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. His awards and decorations include the­­ Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and three Certificates of Appreciation.

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