Governor Kathleen Sebelius has directed flags to be flown at half-staff throughout Kansas from sunup to sundown on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 in honor of Spc. William Joseph Mulvihill, Leavenworth, who was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, August 1st.
“Specialist Mulvihill dedicated himself to serving and protecting our country. A decorated solider, he served with honor and valor. His family, friends and fellow soldiers are in our thoughts and prayers as we remember his sacrifice.”
Spc. Mulvihill was a graduate of Leavenworth High School where he was a member of the Junior Guard and the Leavenworth R.O.T.C. program. After graduation, Spc. Mulvihill joined the United States Army where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO award and the Good Conduct award.
In July of 2007, Sebelius signed an executive order allowing the flags of the United States and State of Kansas to be displayed at half-staff throughout the state when a member of the Kansas National Guard or Kansas Air National Guard is killed in the line of duty, or when a Kansas resident serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces is killed in the line of duty. In each instance, the governor will designate the date for flags to fly at half-staff.
Since April 2003, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have claimed the lives of ten members of the Kansas National Guard and fourteen Kansas servicemen.
Executive orders can be found online at: http://www.governor.ks.gov/executive/Orders/
To be notified of the governor's directives regarding flag lowering, please visit http://www.governor.ks.gov/flaghonors.htm.