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Governor orders flags to fly at half-staff on Sunday for fallen Iowan


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Gov. Terry Branstad ordered Friday that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Sunday in honor of Spc. Shawn A. Muhr, 26, of Coon Rapids, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff from 8:00 a.m. until sunset.

Funeral services for Spc. Muhr will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Coon Rapids-Bayard High School in Coon Rapids.

He was driving a Heavy Equipment Transporter System as part of a convoy when his vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device.

Spc. Muhr was part of the 546th Transportation Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

Muhr, a 2003 graduate of Coon Rapids-Bayard High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005.  This was his first tour in Afghanistan, but served earlier in Iraq, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The U.S. flag that is flown over the state Capitol on the day of Spc. Muhr's funeral will be presented to his family at a later date, along with a proclamation honoring Spc. Muhr.

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